Learn how to create a training plan and schedule key workouts to reach your goals!
To excel in your athletic goals, you need to train with a purpose. Training with a purpose means knowing why you are doing a particular workout and how that workout fits into your overall progression toward your goals. But to train with a purpose, you need a plan.
This course shows trail runners and endurance athletes how to train with a purpose, teaching you what types of workouts to target — and when — to set yourself up for success. Whether you are a runner, triathlete, cross-country skier, mountain endurance athlete, or coach, learn how to set up a long-range plan and implement it with weekly workouts that target the desired training effects.
If you are currently using — or considering using — an Alp Fitness training plan and are curious about the philosophy behind the plan or would like to customize the plan, this course provides you with additional details so you can expertly adapt and tailor your plan.
If you are an endurance athlete interested in designing your own custom training plan, this course provides you with the templates and tools you need to coach yourself.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Define your goals and prioritize your target events
- Explain the concept of periodization and apply it to your training plan
- Identify key training phases that help you develop as an endurance athlete
- Select the appropriate progression across training phases for your goals
- Create your own customized training plan using the Alp Fitness training plan template
- Schedule your weekly training using workouts to target desired training effects
The course consists of a series of short readings with optional quizzes to check your knowledge along the way. No prior background is needed, although it is recommended that you first take the “Guide to Using Training Zones” course since this course builds on those ideas.
Course length is about an hour. You can move through the content at your own pace, returning to topics for further study or skipping around based on your interests. When logged in, your progress will be kept so you can pick up where you left off after returning from a break.