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CF Lecture Series : Inside the *SPP ( Special Preparation Phase)

CF Lecture Series : Inside the *SPP ( Special Preparation Phase)

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( This product has specific information for coaches and or athletes looking to understand and learn technical information about  planning for the men and woman's 100 meters ).

Coach Charlie Francis starts this lecture by discussing where to place *SPP ( *Special Preparation Phase)  in the overall training cycle and the importance of working backwards in a training plan. Francis then maps out a long to short SPP program with a major focus on the special endurance work required in this phase. He provides details on the typical volumes of special endurance work as we move from the start of the program through the end which is typically 8 or 10 weeks. From there, he provides the same information for a short to long SPP program. ( to read more about Special Endurance work research " Lactate Threshold training in the forum and store ,"  The Charlie Francis Training System " , to name only a few .)  

 Details are provided on the typical volumes and progression of the activities over the course of the 8 week Special Preparation Phase. Coach Francis also touches on the "fill-in" work such as accelerations and fast-easy-fast/easy-fast-easy work that will be quite familiar to anyone who has gone through the GPP Essentials DVD.( see General Preparation Phase)  Some may find it  interesting to compare and contrast the differences between the long-to-short and short-to-long approaches.

Francis gives us an idea of how the SPP is arranged.  He then walks us through how the SPP planning plays out in the real world of training.  He looks at how to fit SPP into a typical triple periodization scheme. He then discusses setting realistic target times and how to adjust training plans if an athlete fails to hit their target times in competitions.

The  discussion about which track meets to select for athletes is an interesting topic.  For  example , if an athlete  has not met their target goals for a point in time,  it is important to pick their meets carefully. Will a certain meet provide a wind aided or  altitude enhanced opportunity? 

The next part of the video walks us through former Olympic Champion and World Record holder in the men's 100 meters Ben Johnson's Special Preparation Phase ( *SPP)  for 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988. It is enlightening to see the progression here and gives us some insight into how SPP will evolve as an athlete matures and has higher levels of performance. 


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