I've spent a huge part of lockdown continuing my studies to further the interest into programme designs for fitness clients... the topic this week being SAQ. Not only is this type of training great for sportspeople, but also for sports novices looking to improve their overall health and fitness levels when they start training with me! The aim is to provide as many different training options to all athletes whether they train once per week, or several times per week to seek out what they find most enjoyable. Once a session becomes enjoyable then we will notice more adherence to a training programme and therefore more fitness goals will be met!
SAQ training offers variety to sessions, alongside core work, cardiovascular (long, steady cardio) endurance, strength training and flexibility training, to name just a few! It can be used for athletes looking to improve the speed of their runs, or the technique with which they are able to perform certain movements - for example, a netball player needing to move around a court in order to catch the ball whilst dodging other players. This requires great amount of control and good hand-eye coordination at varying speeds; they need to be able to accelerate, decelerate and even stop efficiently with as low risk of injury as possible. Runners looking to increase their speed of runs will need to improve their power output and levels of fast twitch muscle fibres to increase speed of movement whilst considering the different terrains they run across, again whilst lowering any risk of injury.
As previously stated, SAQ training is not limited to just the intermediate or advanced athlete; it proves very useful f