Training Phase Breakdown
If the Long-Term Performance Plan is our guide, then it is helpful to think of the Phase Breakdown template as a torch that illuminates the specific steps that we will be taking during the journey with our fighters. Here, each specific phase is broken down into not only a more clear-cut goal/directive, but also includes details surrounding its individual training components such as the nature, frequency and focus of our strength training sessions, energy system work and even our mobility work, movement skills (linear and change of direction based skills) and medicine-ball and plyometric based sessions. The layout shown in the example provided is not meant to suggest that these are all individual or separate training sessions within themselves (thought they certainly could be depending on time or resource constraints) but rather to help you as a strength and conditioning professional think more critically about how you want to both address and advance each specific training component within the larger framework of the program itself.
The use of such a template also serves as a tremendous opportunity for the practitioner to layout a blueprint that they can refer back to when designing not only a specific micro or mesocycle, but also down to each individual training session itself. Furthermore, time and time again you will find that the creation and sharing of such a template will act as a powerful asset that not only enhances the communication between you and other members of the fight team, but also assuages a number of insecurities or concerns on behalf of the fighter in regards to whether or not they are on the right track leading up to the fight. If designed and utilized correctly, it should allow for more specific and scalable solutions to be added or omitted with ease, and also create the outline for both your Weekly Breakdown and Strength Training/ESD that is to follow.