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Strength & Conditioning for the Endurance Athlete

Explore sports science, sports psychology, and safe training strategies to step up your training for your next endurance event.

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Train with an expert coach from Federation University Australia

Successful endurance training requires more than strength and stamina: you’ll need to plan effectively, analyse your performance, and develop your mental resilience.

On this eight-week expert track from Federation University Australia, you’ll gain the skills and expertise you need to prepare for your next endurance event. Guided by an expert coach at Federation University Australia, you’ll cover key concepts in sports science and sports psychology to ensure you are training safely, successfully, and sustainably.

Do your research and create a training plan

On the first course of the track, you’ll begin developing your own unique endurance training plan. Your coach will help tailor this plan to your needs and expectations as an amateur athlete or trainer.

You’ll review a wide range of training tools, methods, and approaches, identifying the strategies best suited to you and your goals.

You’ll also expand your knowledge of anatomy and physiology to help you optimise your plan and understand your body’s responses.

Collect training data and monitor your performance

Once your training plan is underway, you’ll need to monitor its progress.

Course 2 will provide a comprehensive introduction to methods for collecting and analysing training data. You’ll learn how to track your fitness week by week and factor in the rest you need to achieve your goals.

Explore sports psychology to develop mental resilience

Mental wellbeing and a positive mindset are crucial for sustainable endurance training.

In the third and final course of the track, you’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles of sports psychology.

You’ll be equipped with robust coping strategies to help you combat stress and fatigue, manage injuries, and build mental as well as physical resilience.

Discover safe training strategies and learn how to coach others

The focus of this course is on training safely and reducing the risk of overtraining or injury. You’ll investigate the importance of rest, recovery, and mental wellbeing as part of a sustainable training programme.

In the final week of the course, you’ll discuss how you can pass on your training to aspiring athletes of all ages. You’ll join a community of other amateur athletes and trainers, with whom you can share your progress, while exchanging advice and encouragement.

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided through a series of practice activities to support your understanding of the theory and assist you to apply it in practice. At the end of the expert track, you’ll earn a certificate confirming your expertise.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds Welcome to Strength and Conditioning for the Endurance Athlete. I’m Dr. Scott Talpey, I’m a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning at Federation University, and I’m excited to go on a journey with you through our courses that will help you prepare your own training as an endurance athlete or prepare the training for an endurance athlete that you coach. Endurance athletes come in all shapes and sizes. Some people could be getting on a bike to train for their own 100K bike ride. Others could be training for their first 5K ever. However, there’s certain principles that underline the design of any training program, whether you’re an elite athlete or you’re helping an elite athlete, or you’re helping someone just kickstart their endurance journey.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds We’re gonna go through each of those principles. We’re gonna help you outline how to plan and periodize and set goals for these endurance athletes to keep them performing at their optimal level and also keep them healthy, happy, injury free, and enjoying their training. Kickstart Your Endurance Training is a course where we focus on goal setting. We look to set appropriate training goals for both long-term and short-term needs. We also look at appropriate training plans and periodization for the endurance athlete.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 seconds Ultimately, the goal is for you to be able to write appropriate goals and plan an appropriate training program that gets you or the athletes you coach at the highest level possible while also keeping them injury free and healthy and happy. Measuring your endurance training success is gonna help you utilize all those tools and that technology that you have on your bike or on your wrist to make sure that you’re using that information to inform your training program.

Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds We use that data that we collect to measure how we’re tracking towards our goals, but also to make sure that we’re planning appropriate rest and recovery and adequate stress to our body to make sure that we’re performing at our highest level while also mitigating any risk of injury that may occur as a result of all the training that we’re doing for your endurance event. Sustaining your endurance training, we take a deep dive into how we stay motivated and how we balance out the stress and fatigue that’s associated with all the training that you’re doing along with the stress associated with your everyday life. We also look at the differences in different types of athletes.

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 seconds We look at older athletes compared to younger athletes and why we train them differently. Now let’s get moving with your endurance training.

Key skills you will learn

  • Coping strategies for stress and fatigue
  • Mental resilience
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Resistance training
  • Recovery principles
  • Training planning
  • Periodisation
  • Collecting and analysing training data
  • Training technologies
  • Endurance
  • Monitoring physical responses

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Identify the best exercises and strategies to achieve established goals.
  • Describe how different levels of training can be used to achieve results.
  • Apply tailored plans for endurance training.
  • Describe the impact of positive mindset on sustaining endurance training.
  • Identify the best strategies to manage and deal with fatigue and stress in training.
  • Describe the importance of developing a healthy, positive mindset towards training.
  • Identify stress and fatigue symptoms.
  • Explore monitoring tools and the basics of statistics.
  • Identify principles that will assist with recovery.
  • Practice the exercises most appropriate for an endurance athlete.
  • Evaluate the importance of resistance training for enhancing performance and preventing injuries in endurance athletes.

Experience required

This is an introductory course drawing on practical examples from sporting organisations. It has a global focus and delivers transferable skills, which will be applicable to endurance training anywhere in the world.

The course material does not assume learners are currently training. To be eligible for the course, you simply need an interest in understanding all phases of endurance training, from creating a plan through to building resilience with sports psychology.

Getting started

This course is designed for the amateur endurance athlete and/or the endurance trainer. In the interest of expanding representation in the endurance world, we invite learners of all different ages and genders to join the program.

The programme is designed to be accessible to everyone, and requires no prior knowledge. It will be as valuable for newcomers to endurance training as for more experienced amateur athletes hoping to hone their approach or mentor others.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Learn how to create a plan, set your goals, and measure your fitness to kickstart your training in a safe and healthy way.

    3 tests

    3 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Principles of training and periodisation
      • Introduction to endurance training
      • Goal setting and the principles of training
      • Bringing it all together
    • Week 2

      Physiological determinants of endurance performance
      • The human body - how does it work?
      • Understanding the human body and systems
      • Bringing it all together
    • Week 3

      Endurance training methods
      • Introduction to endurance training methods
      • Endurance training methods; which one is best for you?
      • Crossing the finish line
  • Course 2

    Discover tools, technologies, and methods for tracking your fitness and training in a safe, sustainable, and successful way.

    3 tests

    3 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Monitoring and understanding the data
      • Measuring your endurance
      • Identifying and using your training data
      • Training wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Recovery principles & practices
      • Importance of rest and recovery
      • Achieving a healthy balance
      • Take care of yourself
    • Week 3

      Resistance training & injury prevention
      • Reviewing your approach to training
      • Avoiding injury and reducing risks
      • Bringing it all together
  • Course 3

    Understand sports psychology, sports science and best practices in endurance coaching to guarantee the longevity of your training.

    2 tests

    2 weeks

    2 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Sports psychology for the endurance athlete
      • Sporting Psychology
      • Endurance training factors
      • Bringing it all together
    • Week 2

      Long-term developments for the young & old
      • How well do you know your athletes
      • Knowing your audience
      • Bringing it all together

Prove you're job ready

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  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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