WHY DO WE PROGRAMME SATURDAY TESTERS?
Every Saturday, we programme our Saturday Testers… but why?
There is a big difference between “training” & “testing”, and it is important to recognise the difference.
TRAINING is something you do to get better at something else. This is what we do the majority of the time, and is meant to make us fitter – faster, stronger, and more enduring, depending on your goals. We don’t push ourselves to failure in training, but instead focus on quality work that challenges us, but allows us to recover and return tomorrow to put in more work. Training days & phases are building you up for the times you need to put it to use.
While we do prioritise training 98% of the time, we do need to include some testers that create a “racing” environment, allowing us to push ourselves against one another. This is important, as it allows us to continue to work on the skill of competing throughout the entire year. It is exciting, and great when the community comes together to push our limits, both physically, and mentally. It is also a great way to track progress, and allows us to find the right balance between testing and training in order to maximise our results.
Treat each session for what they are: training the body for a greater purpose of health & longevity, and occasionally, on these Saturday tester days, show yourself what you can do, when you’re willing to challenge yourself & put yourself out there. You must know your “why” / your goals, to always listen to your body & mind on that day, and to know that as long as you do your best at that time, that you have already improved, learned, and will grow from each testing experience.
Our Saturday Testers are benchmark tests created by the Coastal coaches, are varied in design and reflect not only our current training phase., what the sport will typically test ex: rounds for time, chippers, not complimentary movements etc. We always provide a video with insights into each tester – WHY it has been programmed, WHAT we are testing, and HOW it fits into our current training cycle, because when you know why you are doing something, you will do it better.
See you on Saturday for another tester – now live on @theprocessprogramming