One of the most common dilemmas in the world of sport is: how to make the best use of your capacities to achieve your set goals? This means it is vitally important to know “what” to do and “how” to do it.
In relation to this, try answering the following questions before taking on a new challenge:
1. Have I planned my season properly (or part of it)?
2. What do I want to “measure”?
3. What is my goal?
How can we define “capacity”?
Your capacity is your “thing”, it is the container. The aim is to improve and expand this container. Try and imagine your capacity as a warehouse, which, in order to store all the material required for achieving your biggest goals, must be made bigger. So when we talk about capacity, what we really mean is this: training to improve and expand this container.
More specifically, you will notice:
So if your capacity is bigger, then it is ready to be used!
But what do we mean by usage?
Usage is your “how”! Or in other words…….
Any specific ability comes from both talent and capacity. That is why it is so important to train when you are young, because lots of capacities are trained that can then be developed and ultimately used to achieve success.
When you are young you should make your “container” bigger, when you are an adult you should fill it up and make the best use of it.
So the aim is to work on your limitations in order to surpass them!
To do this you must bring together all the different aspects of training (physical, mental and relational) and, above all, not confuse what (ability) with how (usage).
To give you an idea, here are some examples
At the end of the season I make use of the work I have done on my aerobic capacity in the early season. I make use of what I have previously built up!
The same thing applies to one single training session:
This set is for advanced swimmers, but it provides an idea of how to make use of capacity and usage in one single session.
Your capacity to swim 20×200 metres will probably decline as you get closer to your target race, but if you have planned properly, your capacity to swim 1×100 in your target time will have increased!