Athletic Performance: Athletic Balance

Written by Jason Harrell

Training programs can be a mix of fact, fiction, biased opinions, media hype, crazy formats, complex algebraic equations, and personal anecdotes. As complex as the human body can be our training programs don’t need to be overly complex or difficult to understand. So let’s make this simple: create a map with these things in mind:


  • Training should be progressive
    • Think about how the program allows the athlete to grow and develop towards a task
  • Training must progress toward a time or event 
    • This is GOAL SETTING 
  • Periodization 
    • Think CYCLES here (in-season compared to offseason programming)
  • Good training requires vision 
    • How you feel about training and what you’re WILLING to do in the program


One of my favorite things to remember is that training, performance, and strength is a journey! You need both a clock and a compass to make sure the journey is efficient and effective. If you look at the clock but not the compass, you may make great time but arrive at the wrong place. If you look only at the compass, you may eventually arrive at the right place but it may take too long. 

Driving without a complete map may be fun, but it is not likely to get you where you want to go. So before your trip, create a map!