Please never be defensive about questioning. Without questions, where would our profession be. I do not take offense, and CT looks like he is a big boy also, and has thought thoroughly about what he does.
I guess the whole question comes down to whether a small volume of Anaerobic Endurance training will equate to the following:
10-15 Sets(series) of 3-10 reps(plays) of:
Short strider of 15-20 yards (line up)
Rest 5 seconds or jog motion
5-7 second bursts of all-out activity
(Only Miss Moss is allowed to take FB Trap plays off)
Each burst includes: sprinting, agility, reaction, contact (receiving and giving), and tumbling
Jog 20-40 yards (huddle up)
Rest 20 seconds
One of CT’s Hollow runs equals roughly two plays or slightly more if you watch the whole play. If you add in a short walk distance of 20-30 meters in the middle, you will nearly approximate 2 plays. Then, at the end, just walk 20-30 meters, and do the next one. That is what we are talking about during a series. Do 4-6, and a full series is done. Now repeat the whole thing 3-4 times, and you have made it through the first quarter of a game.
The only way to know if it makes sense is to emulate what they do after you have done the workout for a while. Can you do the amount of sprint work necessary? Add in being hit, reactionary energy, and nervousness, and then you are prepared.
I have found that once an Anaerobic Endurance level is established, it is easy to maintain. We do this through one tough session every 1-2 weeks (guts day). Another way we maintain the bodies ability to rid itself of surges in lactic acid are to finish a leg workout with a set of 20 squats. This is an age-old idea… nothing innovative. But, we chart every player’s 20RM, and make them add 5-10 pounds every time we do this. Try this technique for a full off-season, and see how many players can take 275 the distance. We do these as the volume aspect of a workout. And yes, we start low, and make them break top of the thigh parallel.
Like CT said, the real trick in training athletes is to not crush the CNS. I would love to follow a true Conjugate type system, but 4 intense (MaxS or MaxP)days per week, plus running would be taxing on even the most anabolically supported athlete.
What we have found is that the carryover from the weight room to 3+ hours of sprint work doesn’t work. The swimming example was a poor one, but the body becomes efficient at what it is trained to be efficient at, and for the WR, running is most important.
I hope these ideas help. Remember, emphasis of an energy system and strength quality is necessary, then a small amount of work will maintain that quality’s fitness level in the subsequent stages. Bite the bullet, and do some higher-rep work as a change up (it better be a change-up!), and really work at GPP and Anaerobic Endurance. Then, go back to HYP or STR or POW emphasis, and only do an infrequent session of Anaerobic Endurance to mainatain. Concentrate the bulk of your efforts on the emphasis, but you will lose what you don’t maintain. I hope this makes sense and helps.
BTW-if anyone wants the chart, PM me.
NG-I tried to attach it to a PM… let me know.
CT- Again, thanks for taking all this time to share. And get typing man… I consume your material too fast. Your thinking has built a level of trust, so I am working in some of your techiniques into this off-season for my athletes… but only after I try them.
BTW- OVT is killing me. I ruptured an achilles in August (late to a soccer game, and just ran onto the field with zero warm-up…should I know better?!), and decided to do a OVT cycle when I started again. I am a hurting puppy, but I like the results so far.
(and no, I am not Coach H from Dave Tate’s site)
And gentlemen, I am assuming you want you WR’s to stay in for every offensive play… this taking every third or fourth play off is nonsense. If you take out your WR’s every few plays, then the amount of AE training is far less. Or, do you make players go both ways (high school)? Then, more AE is necessary.