When Is It Okay To Puke During Training…
When was the last time you barfed from training? Never! WHAT!? Are you some sort of slacker who can’t push yourself hard enough to puke all over?
Let me ask you another question and then I will get to my point – when was the last time you saw a professional hockey player barf on the ice during a game? Never! WHAT!? Are they some sort of slackers who can’t push themselves hard enough to puke all over?
I know some trainers and coaches out there who think they have given their players a great workout if they are barfing in the gym or on the ice. I respectfully disagree.
I am not saying it doesn’t happen. One of our guys barfs pretty much every Saturday during the brutal hill run portion of our off-season program. We were actually thrilled when he managed to keep it down until after the last rep a few weeks ago.
My point is that this is never the goal of the workout. The goal is to let them come close, but keep it down on those days when you are working medium/long duration energy system training.
You should never have an athlete barfing during a speed training session. If you are training true speed, then the volume is very low and the rest periods are quite long so they can use the intensity to actually develop speed.
When an athlete lets it fly during a workout, the chances of them finishing that workout with the intensity that you want is greatly reduced. They may suffer through it, but it is not typically the highest of quality.
Then you also have a dehydrated athlete on your hands, which will hamper their recovery for the next workout session the following day. So it can have a carry over effect.
I always make sure my athletes know that they are free to take extra rest during these gut wrenching workouts. I don’t want them to feel self-conscious if they need a little extra time to gather their composure.
I would much rather have them skip a rep and finish the workout with good intensity, than spew their tuna sandwich all over the turf and stagger through the rest of the workout. Make sense?
It happens, but it is never your goal.
Hockey strength and conditioning coach Maria Mountain, MSc specializes in off-ice training for hockey goalies. As the founder of www.GoalieTrainingPro.com and the owner of Revolution Sport Conditioning in London, Ontario, Maria has trained Olympic Gold medalists, a Stanley Cup Champ and athletes from MLB, NHL, AHL, CHL, CIS and more.
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