About: Philosophy

Synergy: Because your performance is greater than the sum of your parts.

Paul’s coaching philosophy is simple. Basics are best. Of course, you must do the work – you need to prepare, and you must train.

He believes synergy should exist between your goals, training, competition and lifestyle. It’s only when this balance is right your performance, fitness, and lifestyle work best together.

Synergy highlights that the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts: your sports or run-training program is more than the parts (or methods of training, sessions and activities) that make it up. Your performance will be greater than the sum of your training.

A philosophy is a system of principles that guide practice and practise. Amongst basic principles of training, Paul plans and develops your training and competition success based upon creating the synergy between four essential elements:

  • lifestyle – your time demands, your emotion and your energy.
  • general ‘fitness’ potential, developed in parallel with specialised skills, speed, agility and endurance for functional sport and event-specific success.
  • individual cycle of ‘stress-fatigue-recovery-adaptation’ to ensure your training and competition remain positive, and to minimize the likelihood of illness, injury, boredom and burn-out.
  • the team’s or squad’s overall preparation program.

Essentially, Paul is a coach of people, not of sport or activities and exercises. Paul coaches you the person first, you the athlete second, and your program/s third. He coaches in co-operation with athletes, not to athletes. He understands that you are a 24-hour ‘athlete’ and that many things impact your time, energy and focus.

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Paul’s philosophy

Paul Ford’s Athletic Development philosophy is simple: basics are best, and you must do the work. Exactly how your work – training and competition – is thought about, planned and implemented is based upon Paul’s philosophy of Synergy.

Athlete and sports preparation is as much an art as a science. Athletic Development is then a process where synergy exists between scientific knowledge and principles, and planning, structure, routine and good old-fashioned common sense in improving sport-based performance. It also requires flexibility and creativity in dealing with day-to-day ‘stuff’, contingencies and (your) lifestyle demands.

The top five aspects of PFAD’s Athletic Development philosophy of Synergy are:

  • People: we are different, and how your training and competition are integrated with your lifestyle to ensure regular participation and improvement, need to reflect this. There will also be others – family, friends, specialists – involved. Individuals have valuable insider-knowledge, and outsiders can offer valuable perspectives. Each of us has varying demands and various strategies and abilities to meet those demands. ‘Demand of yourself only what you are able to give.

  • Purpose: athletic development provides a foundation for maximizing participation and performance over time. It’s focus must become functional training – training that serves a purpose. Endurance, strength, speed and mobility development must be integrated with neuromuscular movement or skill, and efficiency. A delicate balance between progression and prevention must be sought. ‘Work towards what you seek, not work at your work’.

  • Priority: different aspects of training require different emphases at different times. Your emphasis should shift from general to specific and be implemented with effective training strategies and methods at daily, weekly, yearly and multi-year levels. Activities and exercises and loading and their method of application vary and must come to reflect the major outcomes sought in a given time (period): development, maintenance, sharpening or peaking, or recovery and adaptation. ‘Doing little bits of everything will only give you little bits of something’.

  • Planning and Programming: purpose and priority provide perspective on the need for structure and guidance at a general and longer term perspective. These are then implemented at the daily or sessional level. PFAD does this through the application of the three characteristics of Periodisation:
    1. 1. progressive and systematic cycles of development toward desired outcomes,
    2. 2. management or control of the total training and competition load or ‘stress’, and
    3. 3. governed by the universal principles of athletic development and sports training

  • Practicality: although there are many things that are ‘nice’ to do, they should not be confused with the ‘need’ to do and the reality that day-to-day organization and implementation is influenced by: people, finance, facilities, equipment, environment/weather and, importantly, time. ‘What we could do is not always what we should do.

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