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Energy system work and competitive athletes

Christian, how do you determine how much energy system work (sprinting) to give to each of your individual athletes? More specifically, do you recommend they do more or less based on the type of athlete that they are and their current recovery abilities? Point being, I’m a competitive jiu jitsu fighter and feel like I get a ton of aerobic work when I’m on the mat as it is (i.e. recovery from sprinting may be an issue for me).

Energy system work is used mostly with athletes who have a distinct off-season. For example, hockey players and football players have a time in the year where they don’t practice their sport. Energy system work is thus used to maintain and improve the energetic pathways involved in their sport. If an athlete is practicing his sport year round, he doesn’t need much more ESW. Maybe once a week doing sled pulls and shoulder glider.