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Personally I use this potentiation method (priming/activating) for coaching. I tend to go with the morning of a game within 4-6 hours. The session will be less than 20 minutes and will involve very simple stability-mobility warm up and maybe 2-3 exercises of 1-3 sets each and is completely done by feel. Any tiredness, loss of technique or bar speed whatsoever and I will stop.
I generally use exercises like Deadlifts, Bench Press, Back Squats or Olympic variations. The point of this is to stimulate my body and mind for watching the game, being ready for players and their readiness and just being really switched on. I have definitely noticed the difference between doing it and not doing it. Is there some form of bias or placebo? Possibly, but the difference is too pronounced in my opinion to not be of significant help. The only trade off is after the game being pretty useless for anything meaningful.
Again these methods will vary for the person who are more parasympathetic or sympathetic dominant. As a more sympathetic person this high CNS System stimulation prepares me well.
However anyone should get some advice on this approach but also realize trial and error is a must and finding what works for you is critical. Maybe nothing at all is best, it really depends on you, your life, facilities and training history.
I also believe these methods could be of great use to people in their professional working lives as well. Preparation for important meetings or bid decisions could be greatly enhanced by a balanced approach like this to training.
That’s the end of this series on Conditioning for Life (and some Sport). We hope you enjoyed it and got some take away.