Vicente: Intensive vs excessive training

Jayson Vicente

FOR AN athlete, intensive or excessive training would surely down their morale. Every athlete wants to win, wants to get better, and they love winning and they love getting better but hates every moment of training.

But as they say, there is no shortcut to success. If ever, it will be short lived. Training primarily prepares an athlete to get better but not necessarily be the best immediately.

The process could be shorter or longer before the goal is achieved depending on their innate physical ability and most importantly, their fortitude to achieve their objective in training or as an athlete.

Intensive training has been gaining popularity as an innovation being explored and introduced by many trainers. Most of these routines, innovations and approaches are still on its experimental stage which has a high possibility of complications that could mean excessive rather than intensive.

So what is the difference between intensive and excessive training?

Intensive are simply intense, highly concentrated, thorough or comprehensive while excessive means disproportionate and any other negative words you can think off that is bad or dangerous in training.

The problem with many trainers today is they confuse intensive with excessive it’s like going back to the barbaric era of training where hard is good.

The fallback and sad truth is the athletes become the “rats” of the negative effect of this malpractices and wrong interpretations of excessive trainings.

As I always say, there are no wrong or ineffective exercises, it only becomes such if they are done without proper knowledge, understanding and techniques.