The Method is ironguides’ unique, effective training program for multisport athletes of all abilities. Based on the same principles that have generated a Hawaii Ironman winner, multiple Olympic medallists, ITU Triathlon World Champions and World Cup winners, The Method ensures optimal training for each athlete, no matter your background.
The big 3 errors
The Method is unlike any other training method you’ve tried. Based on our coaches experiences that includes multiple Top-10 Iron-distance performances, sub-nine-hour Iron-distance, sub-four-hour half-distance, sub-1:50 non-drafting short-course triathlons, and multiple Top-40y Hawaii Ironman finishes, as well as the principles behind the training of other top international athletes, The Method helps you avoid the three most common, detrimental errors in training today:
Single minded focusSingle-minded focus on aerobic conditioning to the exclusion of other very important attributes.
Inappropriate training volumeInappropriate training volume, resulting in the pattern of rapid improvement, staleness, and inevitable slowing down.
Data obsessionObsession with data and loss of intuitive feel for one’s own body.
The 5 systems
The Method views the body as a highly complex organism of Five Systems that constantly interact to determine the effectiveness of your training. By controlling these interactions and taking into account the hormonal effects of each type of training you do, The Method ensures the highest training efficiency and rapid, optimal recovery.
Lactate ToleranceThe Method injects appropriate levels of Lactate Tolerance training to ensure optimal race preparation.
EnduranceEndurance work in doses designed not to overload you, while preparing you for your event.
SpeedSpeed training is a staple of The Method — in the right way, for the right duration, at the right time!
StrengthThe Method’s training uses sport-specific methods and tools to enhance the effectiveness of certain training sessions, combining aerobic and strength training without risking aerobic overload, while enhancing recovery.
NeuromuscularThe Method’s strong focus on Neuromuscular training means you train motor skills acquisition — and get the aerobic conditioning anyway!
The Method relies on a high level of repetition to help you train more than just your aerobic conditioning. By repeating certain training sets over a number of weeks, athletes learn to:
Improve motor skillsVia certain specific sessions using widely available equipment, you literally “program your red-meat computer”.
Accurately gauge fatigueThe iterative process means you learn quickly how to determine if on one of “those days” you are truly tired and need rest, or are merely “off.”
Develop intuitive understandingOver time, athletes who train with The Method develop a keen ability to literally feel how they are doing on any given day.
Build consistencyA few simple guidelines ensure athletes come to accurately interpret their body’s signals over time and to better apply these to maintain training consistency.
Train concentration skillsBy shifting emphasis from aerobic levels of effort to form, repetition encourages you to develop greater levels of focus and concentration that will help you in racing and increase effectiveness of ensuing workouts.
Track performancePacing instructions according to your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and training consistency. Taper plan and guidelines to ensure optimal race day performance and increased post race recovery.
Better anticipate trainingFor Age Group athletes especially, The Method provides a predictable, structured routine you can adhere to without compromising sound training principles, while making more efficient use of you time.
Order and Structure
The Method training plans are set up in a very specific order, using a structure that permits higher quality training without compromising recovery. In a Method plan, all sessions are set up so that each complements the other: by following the order of training as indicated in your plan, you enhance the efficacy of the previous and following training sessions because you optimize recovery and mitigate less desired effects.
Simple Training Intensity Levels
The Method doesn’t rely on one particular tool or piece of equipment to guide your training levels. Instead, athletes are encouraged to use simple, intuitive intensity guidelines.The Method does not discourage the use of heart rate monitors or power meters — whatever context best conveys the desired training level to you is the context that will help you best achieve your goals.