USRPT Part 3 – The Principles of Training

The title is a well used phrase in the coaching fraternity – and any aspiring coach will be well versed in what the science books say about these principles (or should be at least!!) Sometimes though things can become a bit cloudy – and what was intended is often not what is translated into an athletic programme. Part of the evolution of USRPT has been to match these principles with little room for error and in a well managed programme there is certainly more opportunity to ensure that you are adhering to them as opposed to veering away from them. Arguably the most common misinterpretation is that regarding Training Overload – an element that is often attempted too quickly at too young an age, or one that is attempted with a tad too much gusto and overload becomes over-training!! Read More


USRPT part 2 – Neurological Fatigue

One of the defining characteristics of USRPT is its adherence to the onset of neurological fatigue as the determining factor in improved performance endurance. This is in contrast to much of the traditional theory that alludes to acidosis as the limiting factor and by which suggests a training paradigm steeped in its accumulation as the perfect antidote! Read More

USRPT – how it works… (part 1) – Oxidative Capacity

This is the first part of possibly lots of parts!!! That is to say its not a simple explanation that can be summed up in just one post. Even the USRPT creator Brent Rushall is constantly updating and adding definitions as new questions are thrown up around the subject. So this will be a bit of a drip feed of the information that Dr Rushall has pioneered, hopefully in a summarised version that will be easy (ish??) to digest… Read More

Training the specifics… with intent!!!

Anaerobic threshold; lactate tolerance, EN1, A4 – sound familiar? No, lucky you!! If like me you have been involved in coach education during the past 50 years, these terms are going to appear pretty mainstay in the daily juggling of what to do when… and why!! However, if like me you’re not really a fan of these labels, and you would rather look at the individual athlete than a set of predefined terms – then you will probably look on the above as a tad superfluous. Read More