Track and field athletes should use RedLine Athletics in their pre-season preparation. A typical track and field season will last from April through July, the season could be even longer if we include indoor track and field. This indoor season runs from December through March. No matter the length of the season, an appropriate pre-season plan is a must for optimal performance.
The workouts in the pre-season should be primarily base-building workouts that will give the athlete the strength, stamina and confidence to complete the more intense and skill-specific work that will be the primary focus during the racing season. Longer and slower intervals are appropriate at this phase. The volume and speed of these workouts will vary from event to individual. The aim at this phase is strength, conditioning and physical preparation to build upon through the RedLine Athletics Speed, Power, Core training methodology.
Strength training should be a part of a year-round training program for track and field athletes, but in the pre-season the greatest strength gains can be made. The athlete gets stronger in the pre-season and focuses on maintaining strength during the season. Circuit training is widely used due to the efficiency of time it offers. This also offers the distinct advantage of keeping the heart rate elevated while strength training, this offers a double bonus of building strength and possibly improving the athletes cardiovascular system. If an athlete has a history of injury, this is the time of year to focus some strength training on that area. For example if a sprinter has a history of hamstring pulls or strains, they can work with their RedLine Athletics Sports Performance Specialist to check for muscular imbalances or perhaps strength discrepancies. If such an issue is discovered, an appropriate strengthening program can be designed. The pre-season not only offers the opportunity to improve the athlete's strength but to help minimize the athlete's limitations.