Conditioning GAA Athletes


This method originates from a book called Football Periodisation by Raymond Verheijen. It has been adapted slightly for use in Gaelic football. The method is a deviation from regular conditioning of players. Regular conditioning usually consists of running between 60% and 90% intensity.

Each time a player challenges for the ball we see an explosive action (speed, agility and quickness). The difference between winning and losing is often inches and those inches are won by players that can engage in an explosive action. The question is how can we train a player to complete several explosive actions in a game?

Often getting fit involves completing long slow runs and not training a player to complete more explosive actions. How does one get a player to compete several times at 100% intensity when they train fitness at 90%?