Tag Archive for 'intensità'

What is perseverance?

Perseverance means

to be engaged with intensity and precision

after you are tired

to be intense and precise

  • Tennis: be committed to play one more ball
  • Precision skills (soccer, rugby, basket, volley, baseball, tennis): dedicate extra-time after the training sessions
  • Shooting and archery: during the sessions create mental and technical stressful conditions, staying focused on the execution
  • Combat sports: repetitions with intensity and precision till to be mental tired
  • Golf: maintain always the same pre-shot routine till the end of the session or 18 holes
  • Endurance sports: when tired be committed with intensity to find the mental and physical energy inside yourself to maintain the rhythm

Tennis, mental breaks make losing matches

I am becoming convinced that for many young tennis players from which it would be realistic to expect better performances and  results than they get usually, one significant improvement factor lies in improving the training quality . In large part, it consists not to do different things but to practice with higher intensity and persistency; the same they would want to show in the court. During the match at the players isasked to play steadily and suitable for their level for a long period of time, while in training this request is often absent. Coaches and psychologists should work together to help the tennis players to fill this gap. The question is: “How can we play focused for at least 90 minutes, if in training this limit is never reached or if  the players accept that there are breaks in which the concentration is reduced to a minimum?”

If it’s true, as it is, that players are trained to repeat what they have learned in training in the match, repeating concerns not only the technique but also keep concentration, minimizing the mental breaks, which instead in the game often represent the main obstacle to play at the best.

Juventus: from the abyss to success

Juventus had expected the test to be who it said it was and not a scary team in Europe. Juventus has due to arrive on the edge of the abyss to know its value. Juventus in this match has been fighting continuously. Now he must learn to think better as a team. After going ahead, it was expected that the Greeks would attack to get the equalizer and, unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened after just two minutes. Be calm would allow him to predict the reaction of the opponent and get ready to fight it. In fact until the second goal Olympiacos Juventus played and it went on and on but in a confused way. Then the incredible happened, Juventus has changed his fate because the fighting has combined the strength and the conviction that it was possible to win. And that has made ​​all the difference compared to the first half. The next time it might find this state of mind before being at one step from the abyss, because the other teams do not always allow this type of recovery. A big step forward, but the European mentality does not exist yet.

Intensity in judo: the example of Tadahiro Namura

The intensity in training and competition is a key component to becoming a world class athlete. This video of  Tadahiro Namura represents an example of how the intensity is applied in this sport. The intensity comes from the conjunction of: speed, accuracy, attention and will. The training must develop steadily over time these personal skills.

Training intensity and mental aspects

The mental component of a high-intensity workout is composed of at least three aspects.

  1. Includes mental skills that the athlete must show in that particular session and they must have already developed at high level, otherwise he will not be able to implement them on an ongoing basis in the training session that is starting.
  2. Includes those exercises or parts thereof in which the coach and the athlete are convinced that they can be performed in an optimal level (eg , for a sprinter who has to run 3x300m , probably it is expected that at least the first , albeit laborious , it will be run as planned. In trap shooting, a skilled athlete knows that she usually hits 20 out of 25 targets performing at the maximum. The same goes for the court, in which a tennis player knows how to play when he is totally focused on the game).
  3. Includes those exercises or parts that determine the quality of that single session. For example, it will be great if the sprinter will be able to run as scheduled on the third repeatition of 300m, or if the shooter will hit more than 20 plates that she usually hits; the same for the tennis player, he has to play well even if he feels tired or he has to maintain a high level of play quality in a training exercise longer and more challenging than usual.

These are the psychological aspects that come into play when training requires physical and mental strength and they are trained only in these moments.

“Run, Don’t Walk.” “Don’t Run, Walk.”

If you’re a runner, you might have noticed this surprising headline from the April 5 edition of the Guardian: “Brisk walk healthier than running—scientists.” Or maybe you saw this one, which ran in Health magazine the very same day: “Want to lose weight? Then run, don’t walk: Study.”
Dueling research from rival academic camps? Not exactly. Both articles described the work of a herpetologist-turned-statistician at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory named Paul T. Williams, who, this month, achieved a feat that’s exceedingly rare in mainstream science: He used exactly the same dataset to publish two opposing findings.

L’intensità in allenamento

L’intensità dell’allenamento significa provare quanto si è capaci a affrontare situazioni difficili, che possono essere simili a quelle delle competizioni. Molti atleti non si servono di questo sistema, i campioni sì. Un esempio, Giovanni Pellielo, vincitore di tre medaglie olimpiche nel tiro a volo in tre olimpiadi ora si allena nel suo campo senza alcuna tettoia che lo protegga dal sole. E’ l’unico in Italia a fare in questo modo; la ragione è che nelle gare internazionali non vi sono le tettoie che riparano dal sole, cambiando quindi la percezione. Per provare cosa significa, basta stare per mezz’ora (la durata di una serie nel tiro a volo) al sole cercando di mantenere un livello massimo di concentrazione quando vi sono al minimo 30 gradi e il piattello corre a 100km all’ora. Capito cosa si intende per intensità dell’allenamento?