I am back with a detailed report on the coaching seminar that I performed in London from March 5th through March 8th! The invitation was sent by the freediving club Apnea Revolution and was only open to club members.
The past few months, I've had a very demanding daily schedule with work and training. However, the invitation from the club Apnea Revolution was such an honor that I accepted their proposal without a second thought!
One of my deepest motivations is to impart my knowledge and experiences to people who really want to take their performance of the sport to a higher level.
The thought of how lucky I would be and the time I would have saved if a respective opportunity to attend a similar seminar was presented to me is what provided me with the impetus to give my best self!!
The program of the first day included a two hour workshop which was immediately followed by theory.
In more detail
A lecture and detailed report was performed on topics such as:
More specifically, the listener was taught the main basic training principles and is now able to recognise the way the body finds the energy required for each freediving sport individually, and based on this, are able to make more qualitative and targeted training.
Later, there was a detailed report on how to approach an annual training cycle, how to properly construct the basic and racing preparation period in order to achieve the best performance for a particular season.
Then we were refereed to exhaustion symptoms that someone may experience during their basic and specialized preparation for an apnea race. Also mentioned were the ways to face these symptoms.
Finally, reference was made on two very basic coaching principles that can extremely help a free diver. The principles of Over-reaching and Over-training were taught and analyzed in detail while using examples, as well as the differences between these two.
Then the first phase of the practical part followed, with specialized stretching exercises such as mobility exercises that help and improve hydrodynamic posture of the body by activating major muscle groups such as those of the pelvic girdle and thoracic spine.
''Each trainee was given specific exercises based on their level and physical condition.''
The last part of the practical course was held in the water and included a range of exercises that I apply mainly during the period of my basic preparation ( CO2 Training - endurance training, etc.)
You can see below some of my presentation slides from theoretical part of the 1st day.