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Building a Training Plan

fragilio
Sep 26, 2010, 2:23 PM 3

For years I was heavily involved in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and built physical training plans both for myself and also for my teammates. I traveled to consult with other physical training experts and continuously modified and adjusted my training plans to address weaknesses, whether it be strength, conditioning, making weight, etc.

Frequently training included kettlebells, fun old world fitness

Well, after surgery last year much of that world is behind me. I still enjoy an hour a day of intense physical training (mainly gymnastics focused) but I no longer am involved in the fighting community. However, it's hard to break old habits, I'm still a sucker for a well defined training plan.

God Bless you Spreadsheet! Ever present lister of my training "to do list"!

Chess is a new sport for me, so I'm still picking my way through it, but my latest challenge has been trying to build a good training program.Why? It's simple, I'm taking a page from my prior sport and trying to learn from experience.

For me, a well designed training plan allows you to work on your strengths and your weaknesses. It gives you an ample amount of challenge but also a decent chance to build and see a progression.

So far I've built my training plan around many of the tools here at Chess.com. The Tactics Trainer is an unforgiving sparring partner, one I'm proud to see my charted accomplishments (I think the admins here are secret spreadsheet fanatics too!). Also the Chess Mentor gets a decent amount of time, however I still find it varies wildly in quality. Some of the sessions/challenges/lessons are great, others are painfully non-inductive (at least for my meager mortal skills).

In addition to Chess.com I've found great fun and improvement from the Fritz 12 Defense and Offense training, as well as Opening Trainer. 

The challenge now appears to be putting all these different pieces (plus others) together into a cohesive plan..

Any one else done something like this?

-f

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