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    Default The Inno Sport Training System

    The Inno-Sport Training System

    There are a lot of training methods out there, but those are not training systems. Some training methods will work for some but not for others, or sometimes it’ll work for a bit then stop working. What a good training system needs to be able to do is explain why it works when it does, and what to do instead when it stops working.

    A year and a half ago I stumbled upon the site www.inno-sport.net which is a universal training system for all sports. It is based on a havinsolid and complete understanding of training principles involved in sport and movement, not just specific exercises or simple protocols. Their focus is on training the nervous system, so that it does what you want it to do. When the nervous system is giving the right commands, the body will follow.


    Main Concepts

    A key concept is assessing the athlete and individualizing their training. Everyone has their own distinct needs, and focusing in what they need the most is what leads to the most improvement overall. Two expressions are commonly used:
    Train the needs of the athlete’s present needs with respect to the future.
    The body adapts the quickest to what it needs the most.
    The training you do today has implications on the training and performance you do in the future. If you’re not constantly improving at something, then you might be concentrating on the wrong thing. There are seven principles to keep in mind when organizing training. They are bracket, modality, toleration, capacity, arrangement, method and direction. I’ll explain these below.


    Performance and Potential

    All training either produces potential ability, or closes the gap between actual and potential. Suppose exercise A develops the potential for exercise B which develops the potential for exercise C which develops the performance you want. If you train C, then your performance will increase up to the limits of its potential. Then you need to train B to raise that potential before you can go back to C to work on your performance again. You repeat this until B stops improving, then you go back and train A to raise the potential for B, which allows for more improvement in C.

    So, a basic arrangement that takes this into account would be BCBCA or BCBCBCAA. We call these 4:1 and 6:2 toleration cycles, respectively. What toleration refers to is the balance of training frequently to low fatigue and training infrequently to high fatigue. What you want to do is train the qualities you want to improve frequently, and train the qualities you want to maintain infrequently but to high fatigue.

    It is important that you keep track of the relationship between the fatigue and frequency. In conventional strength training, you prescribe sets & reps ahead of time, figure out how much fatigue that is, and use that to figure out what to do next time. Inno-sport works the other way around: prescribe a certain amount of fatigue, training until your performance drops a certain percentage from your top performance of that day. That way, you’re able to track your top performances over time, as well as the number of sets. Once you do it that way, you can play around with your training frequency to see how many days of rest it takes to maximize improvement in performance and sets in the next training session.

    The starting point for strength training is around 2/3 of your percentage drop: so a 6% dropoff needs 4 days of rest.


    Proficiency and Efficiency

    There’s a concept known as balancing proficiency and efficiency. Proficiency is your tendency to go all out in intensity, whereas efficiency is your tendency to hold back the intensity so you can last longer. To understand this, group your training sets into the following time brackets: 0-9s, 10-40s, 40-70s and 70+s. We call these the anaerobic response (an-1), anaerobic reserve (an-2), aerobic response (ae-1) and aerobic reserve (ae-2) brackets, respectively. For each bracket, your top performance ability is known as pinnacle capacity and your ability to sustain a high level performance (e.g. how many sets you can maintain at a certain intensity) is known as your prime capacity. As you go into higher brackets, your pinnacle and prime capacities will go down.

    So, your training has to optimize proficiency-efficiency for your activity. Badminton, with the average rally lasting 6-10 seconds, requires prime capacity in mostly the an-1 bracket. Long distance running, on the other hand, is pinnacle capacity in the ae-2 bracket, which is quite different. There are two methods to shift your balance in proficiency and efficiency. The first would be to focus on either pinnacle for proficiency or prime for efficiency when training within your bracket. The second would be to train within a second bracket on a separate training session – a lower bracket for proficiency and a higher bracket for efficiency. Don’t go overboard, if you need efficiency try 30 second sets instead of 30 minutes – you’re fine tuning your abilities here. Also note that the body adapts to efficiency preferentially over proficiency. This is why many coaches adopt a short to long progression where they build up speed and then extend it to the distance required.


    Static-Spring Proficiency

    Developing proficiency is not as easy as developing efficiency. You need to understand how the body generates force and power. It can come from either muscular contraction, or from elasticity of your muscles and tendons. The tension in the muscle can be rapid fire on-off (we call this ability rate) or it can be sustained (we call this duration)I there’s also a magnitude to the force generated.

    For the rate dominant activity, the elastic contribution to force production should be dominant. For a duration dominant activity, the muscular contribution is dominant. For a magnitude dominant activity, which lies between rate and duration, both muscle and elastic work to give the most power. What does this mean?

    To optimize power, you need strength with speed, and speed with strength. It’s a continuum:

    ß-----------------------------------------------------------------------à
    rate magnitude duration
    speed power strength
    elastic force muscular force
    OSP-RFI-RA-ADA-…………etc…………REA-FDA-OI-PIM-ISO

    What does the fourth row mean? These are different methods of creating/absorbing/transferring movement. You select a method on the side you need to shift your static spring proficiency. For example, suppose that most of your training involves quick foot contact movements, which is RFI work. Someone who’s super springy might supplement that with PIM or ISO work. Many professional athletes fit into that category. Someone less springy might do REA or FDA. Someone who’s not springy (“muscle-bound”) might stay on the left side altogether, and use RA or ADA. In all cases, you’re selecting the method to get the optimum static-spring balance for power.

    To help you out, here are some definitions for some of the basic methods:

    Pliometric: also known as eccentric, this is resisting a movement
    Isometric: when you resist a movement to the point that it stops moving
    Miometric: also known as concentric, this is generating a movement
    PIM: put all three together and you get…. conventional down-up reps

    FDA: force drop absorption. Instead of lowering a weight, you freefall and “catch” it at the bottom
    REA: reactive method. instead of just catching it at the bottom, you use that force to spring back up

    ADA: amplitude drop absorption i.e. depth drop landing off a box. Unlike FDA you increase load via drop height instead of weight
    RA: reactive acceleration. i.e. depth jumps, sprint acceleration, etc

    OSP: overspeed method. Use an elastic to slingshot yourself so you accelerate faster. Use relative motion in another limb to accelerate faster. You can apply the OSP method on top of any of the other methods, though whether you need to is another matter.

    OI: oscillatory isometric. Start in an isometric hold, release all tension then spring back up, repeat. This teaches good “spring” technique when working in the DUR.
    RFI: reflexive firing isometric. Any fast firing exercise: running, agility. It’s the opposite of OI, maximum relaxation followed by a burst of tension.


    Movement and Position

    The final of the 7 principles is the direction in which all of these forces work – in other words, movement and position. Take any movement, and you can break it down into a sequence of positions driven by the different methods discussed above. So you want to make sure your body can maintain the proper postures for generating/transferring/absorbing force using the appropriate methods. This is the functional approach to technique development – fix flaws and imbalances in your system so that using good technique comes naturally.

    As for movements themselves, there are only a few key ones: jump, cycle, push, pull, forward throw, backwards throw. Just play around with the positions to change the emphasis from one thing to another. You can do exercises bilaterally or unilaterally.


    Conclusion

    So, that’s my primer to the Inno-sport system. In this thread I’m going to follow up with what you’re all interested in: how to get started with this system, how to approach power training for strokes, how to make sure you develop stamina/intensity, etc. Reread this several times, check out their website, it's worth it. The first time I started reading this stuff, I understood very little, but as I reread and thought about it more, the more insights I got into how to train athletes.

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    Great article. Lots to think about. I look forward to follow up posts.

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    Very interesting. Will have to read it again, I didn't understand everything.^^

    I'm reading their website now, they have collected a LOT of interesting stuff.

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    Two words: SWEET! WOW!

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    Default Basic motor control and efficiency

    The first step to developing an athlete is to master the basics: basic motor control and efficiency. Many people simply don't move very well in the most basic human movements, and this will certainly lead to poor control of more complex movements. First learn the fine points of good movement with some simple exercises, then when you get to specific techniques you’ll be able to learn them much more easily.

    Recall the three modalities mentioned before: duration, rate and mag. We can use this to get a basic idea of what kind of movement skills need to be addressed as part of “basic motor control”. These exercises aren’t mean to be physically punishing, so keep the sustained efforts to under 30 seconds at a time.

    RATE

    Rate exercises are the most important since badminton is a rate-dominant activity. Rate exercises for the feet build the foundation for good footwork, and hand-eye coordination is of obvious use in badminton as well.

    My favourite exercises for this category are foot agility drills. Select a simple hopping pattern, such as side-side over a line, or around a square, etc. and do as many as you can in 10 seconds. Another exercise would be to jump laterally over a small barrier below knee height as quickly as possible. As you get better at this exercise, you’ll notice a couple of improvements:
    • Your feet will have shorter contact times with the ground
    • Your centre of gravity will stay steady while your feet move – this is known as dynamic stability

    For basic hand eye coordination you can do something like juggling, or swat a birdy around. Basically, every badminton stroke requires involves hand-eye coordination so this is not a typical weakness for us.

    MAG

    Mag exercises involve explosive movements. A key with explosive training is to not to do too much -> if you do more than 5 jumps in sequence you’re doing rate exercise, not mag.

    A good basic exercise is the vertical jump. First of all, emphasize a perfect landing every time that you jump: heels shouldn’t touch the ground, minimal knee bend (e.g. stop instantaneously) and minimal sound. Just watch some gymnasts land jumps and you’ll know what I mean. “Sticking” the landing like this means you have control your power.

    The countermovement jump (CMJ) is a jump preceded by a quick bend of the legs. What you can do is measure your CMJ, then do them while blindfolded. Some people have a poor sense of direction without their eyes, and will jump forwards or backwards while blindfolded, which reduces the height of the jump. If you can jump the same height blindfolded and still stick the landing, then you have good basic control of your jump.

    For upper body MAG, play catch and throw for distance with your friends. Only go as long as your arm feels fresh and snappy.


    DUR

    Duration movements are not typically used in badminton, but many supplemental activities like weight training are duration dominant, so you still need basic skill with this modality.

    One effective method when beginning with this modality is to start with isometric training ->learn to hold a weight against gravity for time. In most cases we’ll start out with bodyweight as the weight. The reason this is good is because it teaches your body what to do in key positions.

    Some definitions:
    PAP: Prime anatomical position. This refers to your neutral position. For instance, your spine, especially the lumbar spine, shouldn’t move around too much when transferring load from your lower to upper body. So, do some exercises like pillar bridges where you hold good posture against gravity. The idea is to get strong in this position so you can hold the good position when executing your techniques.

    CJC: Critical joint configuration. For some movements, like the squat or the pushup, some of the movement is easy (e.g. near the top) and some are hard (e.g. when your arms/thighs are parallel. The most difficult section is known as the CJC. Most strength trainees try to spend minimal time going through this position because it is difficult, but we shall do the opposite! Lower yourself to where it feels like you’re straining the most, and hold that position for time.

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    You might be thinking that since you’re not a beginner athlete, you can skip this stuff. However, it can still be worth it to go through these exercises as an assessment of your current state of abilities. The exercises are simple and easy to do. If you find that something is particularly poor, then you can use that information to guide your future training.

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    Wow! Are you some sort of sports doctor?

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    very interesting read...never tried the "mag" stuff

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