What level of Training Volume should I select?

The "Standard" volume level creates unique, fully optimized training for each athlete. The training is backed by science, purposefully built and prescribed to ensure volume and training loads are accurate and appropriate. Doing so eliminates junk miles and ineffective training and minimizes injury risk while maximizing each athlete’s performance and fitness gains.  

Athletes have the option to modify their training volume on a per discipline basis (here's how). Here is what to expect and consider when deciding whether to modify your own training volume settings.

High Volume

Many coaches and athletes think that more is better...that more running, more cycling, and more swimming will lead to better performance. They believe a high load of training will lead to improvement but often experience diminishing returns, overtraining and/or a degradation in performance. It is fairly common for athletes who are new to Optimized Trainingto see a considerable drop in training volume and see performance gains almost immediately. Athletes have the option to select "High" volume in each discipline. It may increase your improvement potential, but it could also slow the rate of progression if it causes you to overtrain and must be done with caution to avoid injury. 

Low Volume

Setting a discipline, or multiple disciplines, to "Low" volume will potentially reduce your improvement potential but is a useful tool for many reasons. One of the most common reasons is because it allows the athlete to better fit their training into their life situation. Training and racing is a hobby for nearly all of us and many athletes have full-time jobs, families and other responsibilities outside of training. The "Low" volume setting is selected by many athletes to reduce their training commitment/hours while still improving due to Optimized Training™. 

Another reason athletes may opt to set their volume to "Low" in a given discipline is if they are injured. For instance, an athlete who sprained their ankle might have taken 2 weeks off from running and would like to have less running in their schedule to ease back into it. They have the option to set their run volume to "Low" and restore it to "Standard" when they are ready.

Whatever the reason, these options are here for you to better customize your training schedule to fit your life.

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