FC BarcelonaTOTrainers indicate loads, resistance, effort … and also monitor weight
ANDlBarcelonaLike the rest of the teams, they are trying to keep their players from losing their power during these days of confinement.Antonio Gmez and Andrs Martn, physical trainers of the first team, explain the keys to the work they have given to the footballers. The objective of the program they have been passed is not only to avoid a drop in the preparation, but to induce a load similar to that of a normal period so that, if the competition resumes, the athletes can do it in optimal shape. Footballers are also being monitored for weight, in order to avoid an increase in the percentage of fat. Contacts are daily and control is complete.
“Despite the fact that as a society we were not very aware of the relevance and of the measures that were going to be adopted, from the club we tried to anticipate and develop a plan for each player who tries to simulate the work done in a normal week,” he says.Antonio Gmez.
“The dynamics of loading is very similar to our usual microcycle. We set two load peaks, one in the middle and the other at the end of the week that simulate our double match weeks, and a rest day,” he says.Gmez
“Endurance sessions are done on a stationary bike or treadmill. The goal is for players to do intervical work where they reach speeds and heart rates that can simulate competition. Since they can’t go outside and we can’t analyze GPS data, After each training they send us the RPE (scale of perceived effort), distance and running rhythms in order to analyze the workload and thus be able to make changes based on it, “he explains.Andrs Martin.
“The players are reporting slightly higher values (7-8 with respect to the session average of 5.5), which may be related to the heat stress, since the sessions are carried out indoors and the body does not is able to dissipate heat with the same efficiency with which it does it outdoors, with the mechanical tension generated by exercises to which they are not so accustomed, with the emotional burden of not being able to leave the house and with the non-specificity of the stimulus “, they affirmMartin and Gmez.