Residual Training Effect

Fitness Component Residual Effect (days) Characteristics
Speed (maximal) 5 ±3 Neuromuscular and motor control, creatine phosphate recovery
Strength Endurance 15 ±5 Slow twitch fiber hypertrophy, aerobic/anaerobic enzyme activity, local blood circulation, lactate tolerance
Anaerobic Glycolytic Endurance 18 ±4 Anaerobic enzyme activity, lactate accumulation rate, buffering capacity, glycogen storage
Aerobic endurance 30 ±5 Aerobic enzymes activity, mitochondria number, glycogen storage, muscle capillaries, fat oxidation rate
Strength (maximal) 30 ±5 Neural control, muscular hypertrophy

Residual Training Effect is the retention of changes in the body state and motor abilities after the cessation of training beyond a certain time period. After training cessation, the training effect of various fitness components decreases gradually at varying rates. The rate of detraining appears to be only slightly less in highly trained athletes as compared to recently trained subjects.

To reduce potential detraining in elite athletes, Soviet coaches proposed consecutive rather than simultaneous development of sport-specific abilities (Bondarchuk 1981, Issurin & Kaverin 1985). This allows for the effective design of a sports conditioning program to sequence related fitness components taking into account of the relevant specific training residuals.

Example of Residual Training Effects within Target Peak Date

Aerobic Endurance
----> Competition
< 30 ±5 days
Anaerobic Glycolytic Endurance
< 18 ±4 days
Maximal Speed
< 5 ±3 days

This Block Composition Concept for periodization also allows for highly-focused training workloads required to produce sufficient stimulation for the development of required functional properties and the acquisition of skills/motor abilities in elite athletes, in contrast to traditional periodization methods.

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