What is the Full-Spectrum Approach for Endurance Sports?

Sustainable Training Adaptation for your Unique Needs

At Full-Spectrum (FS) Endurance, we do things differently. We take an athlete’s whole life into consideration, not just training sessions. We know that being an athlete requires much more than just the workouts. Yet in traditional coaching, these other determining factors rarely receive the attention that’s needed to become a long-term successful athlete.

As the foundation for sustainable performance, we do not put training stress into the foreground but the adaptation TO that training stress. The stress put on the body itself is not our goal, but what your body does with it. We look at whether your training provides an environment that allows your body to create new tissue and patterns that bring you closer toward your goal. And, just as important, does this training allow you to live your life and stay healthy, so you can continue for a long time?

The Complete Athlete

For this type of sustainable training adaptation to be successful, it quickly becomes clear that we cannot focus on just training load. We also have to consider overall physical health (your personal physiology, illnesses, injuries, etc), metabolic health (how and what your body utilizes to function at its best) and of course, mental wellness (how you are able to handle daily stressors during and away from training and racing). Since we are looking at adaptation rather simply stress volume, we call our model the Full Spectrum Approach. We work with a multitude of aspects that work together to build The Complete Athlete.

While not an exclusive list, here are the main factors we take into consideration:

  1. Training Stressors (the workouts)
  2. Life Stressors (this includes EVERYTHING in between workouts – personal stuff, work stress, etc)
  3. Lifestyle
  4. Emotional Health
  5. Sleep
  6. Recovery (only a well recovered body performs its best)
  7. Hormones (yes ladies, we coach to support your natural cycles)
  8. Nutritional Aspects (which in turn affect physical health, mental health, fitness and lifestyle)

We don’t focus on more is better, but on what’s right for you, creating the proper environment for your body to adapt. 

I've seen too many athletes being fit in an unhealthy way. That might work out for a few years, but they will pay for it later on. Creating healthy and long lasting athletes was the motivation developing the full spectrum approach. Forging the way for a better future in endurance sports.
Florian Bögge
Head Coach
Fitting training, personal life and work all under one roof is difficult! I love working with our athletes to make this process easier, all while helping them feel self-confident as they move through their busy days.
Stefanie Sichler
Mental Power Coach
Excellence in coaching does not only entail designing state of the art training plans in order to improve the athletes’ performance. Often it means helping athletes realize their passion towards the sports by integrating it into an already busy life with priorities such as family, kids and work. Reaching the athletes’ goals by critically evaluating quality versus quantity is where the awesomeness of coaching lies.
Marion Summerer
Performance Coach
Our body is responding all the time to what it’s being exposed to, so the context always matters. A great training plan alone won’t compensate for a poor diet and stressed lifestyle, it’s all part of the same equation where results are far more sustainable if the work is integrated.
Dani Salvado
Nutrition Coach

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