The purpose of this template is to aid in the layout of a weekly training schedule that is comprised of not only the specific training components that you will oversee as their strength and conditioning coach, but also the technical/tactical and sparring sessions that they will participate in as part of their normal fight prep. Understand that far more often than not, you as a strength and conditioning coach are NOT in charge of this training schedule and will often be the last one informed about any changes and alterations. Again, this will depend based upon a variety of factors such as the perceived level of importance that the coaches and fighters place on strength and conditioning work, relationships within the team, and also the quality or level of planning and communication of each individual coach within the team. It is hopeful that a time will come in the near future where the strength and conditioning professional will have more control over these factors within the MMA world, but it is far more fruitful to spend one’s current energy and focus on doing the best they can to create an adaptable plan and interpersonal communication style. This context is useful when viewing the template provided as it illustrates the amount of relative variability that exists day to day from a scheduling perspective. For the purposes of this book, the times of day and relative length of each session have been omitted as it serves little value towards illustrating the core concept which is that training times will not always be ideal, but that they can still be organized.
You must resist the urge to get lost in the myriad of ways that one can shuffle every deck in the card as it pertains to the re-ordering of training components, the options are endless and you will inevitably find yourself having to continually adjust throughout subsequent phases.
Instead focus on the protecting and prioritizing the 1-2 training components that will make the most dramatic impact on performance based on the current and future needs of your fighter. This is not to suggest that you negate the rest, as intelligent physical preparation is about maintaining a conscious balance of all potentially mitigating factors, but rather that you ensure that you adhere to scheduling in a way that allows for the athlete to be fresh for the sessions that provide the most return on investment.