To better address the requirements of an outdoor athlete, we have developed our proprietary O.A.T. Training Pyramid. Our primary Training Pillar and most important component of our training program is the Assessment Phase, which sets the stage to build a strong, durable, and sustainable outdoor athlete. We perform dozens of assessments to get an accurate assessment of where the athlete is, and what steps will be appropriate to realize their goal.
After a thorough and accurate assessment, we start every athlete in Stabilization Phase, with an emphasis on developing what is called Neuromuscular Efficiency (read more about this in the ‘Phases of Training’ section). Stabilization Phase provides a stable and mobile foundation to advance to more demanding workouts in future phases. After establishing functional movement patterns, we move to Strength Endurance Phase. This phase can vary dramatically from athlete to athlete depending on their goals, but our general goal is to develop great levels of muscular strength and endurance. Changes in body composition (increasing lean body mass and decreasing fat mass) are often a “side effect” of this phase.
Determined by the athlete and their goals, Power Phase may be implemented to increase muscular power and Rate of Force Production. This phase incorporates more demanding workouts and dives deep into plyometrics and Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training.
Lastly, which the OPT Model lacks, is Peak Performance. We design your training program to align this phase with the big objective(s) you have been training for. This phase also serves as a space to reassess tests performed in Assessment Phase to objectively monitor results. After Peak Performance Phase, athletes descend the OAT Training Pyramid and re-enter at any of the previous phases depending on their next training goal. Using this method of Undulating Periodization, our program never “ends” – there will always be something to train for, a new adaptation desired by the athlete, and a new way to get there!