The potency of this robust technique lies in the fascinating interplay of mind and muscle.
When cognitive training is conducted prior to physical workouts, it acts as a powerful catalyst, dramatically enhancing the athlete's perception of effort.
Fatiguing the brain mentally before undertaking physical training amplifies the effort needed for physical exertion. The beauty of this approach lies in its efficacy; it has been proven to elevate an athlete’s capacity to manage and withstand increased cognitive and physical stress.
Now, let's explore the 'how'. This strategy can be seamlessly integrated into your athlete's routine through some simple, yet effective examples:
Option 1: Initiate with a singular, 20-minute cognitive task, carried out before the main physical training session commences. This method focuses on one cognitive demand prior to the physical training session. It's crucial to progressively increase the intensity of the task each week, or apply a specialized training mode, thereby maintaining high intensity and progressively overloading the athlete.
Option 2: Choose the divide and conquer strategy with two sets of 10-minute cognitive tasks, performed prior to the main physical training. This approach enables your athlete to tackle multiple cognitive demands before entering the main physical training session.
Regardless of the option you select, the mantra for success is consistent progression of intensity week by week. By doing so, you'll open a new realm of enhanced endurance, increased tolerance to effort, and, most significantly, an improved overall cognitive and physical performance.