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Hybrid Athlete Training: What is hybrid athletic training & how is it different?

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Hybrid Athletic Training?

WTF is the Yudae hybrid athlete training method?

In recent years the term "exercise" has turned into "workouts" which has turn into "training". But none of that is of any help for the regular person who doesn't know what any of that means. So to begin, our discussion on Hybrid Athletic Training, let's talk first about what it means to train at all.

Training is term we use as personal trainers to dignify a program with a purpose. This could be any purpose. For example, if we were working with a client who has the goal of increasing aerobic capacity, we would build them a conditioning training plan.

On the other hand, when we talk about exercise and workouts, we're talking about the individual movements (or collection of movements in the case of "workouts") as they relate to a broader training program.

What are the types of training?

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Athletic Training

Athletic training, which has received over a decade of study, defines an approach to sports-specific training where we utilize exercises and workouts that otherwise don't appear to directly affect sports performance.

For example, if we were working with an athlete who has the goal of increasing strength for sprinting, we would likely spend time each week focusing on an upper-body workout. This is because although the arms do not play a direct role in how fast our athlete will move, it will affect the overall strength and stability of our athlete, especially off the starting block.

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Injury Preventative Training

This type of training is relatively self explanatory Injury preventative training looks a lot more like the exercises we use in physical therapy to rehab and athlete back to normal function. For many decades this type of training has been highly recommended to help prevent athletes from sustaining injuries like PCL, ACL, and dislocation type injuries.

Unfortunately it has also been poorly accepted within the fitness training community. A large reason for this is because of industry regulation. Many athletic trainers are legally unable to offer therapy guidelines, and vice-versa. Because of this type of "stay in your lane" approach, more athletes have sustained injuries than have been prevented.

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Hybrid Athletic Training

Hybrid athletic training is term relatively unrecognized by the scientific community, and has taken the world of fitness by storm, and for good reason. As previously mentioned, many trainers are confined in their ability to recommend injury preventative training because it does not directly relate to their field of study (personal trainer, not physical therapist).

However, many athletes who participate in athletics, but refrain from competition and/or out of mainstream athletics, have begun to adopt the term of "hybrid athlete" to describe a unique training style which brings together injury preventative techniques with athletic training modalities.

In other words, a hybrid athlete means we are able to perform all modes of movement at high degree, in sport and out of it. This may include strength, flexibility, power, endurance, mindset, and nutrition.

What does a hybrid athlete training program look like?

With the goal of increasing functional flexibility and strength, we need to break our goal into a bunch of little goals. When we do this for a hybrid athletic training program we typically break our meso cycles (larger 4 week training groups) into smaller daily practices which we term workouts.

These "daily workouts" are then broken into functional working sets (think of this as the appropriate portion size for a group of exercises). We call these perfect exercise portions "blocks".

In the world of athletic training and fitness programming, we use a term "block" to represent a small section of a workout. Typically this section is made up of exercises that pertain to the same muscle group or training goal, or they may be 1 single movement completed for a set amount of time (i.e. running with varied interval times).

Blocks can be repeated in a singular workout, or added to other blocks to form a brand new workout. Keep in mind that the goal of training and current physical conditioning will alter the appropriate amount of reps and sets. Try this upper body workout, and use the cards to adjust rep and set count for your goals.

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