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Graham Holmberg on Strategies for Training and Competition

According to Graham Holmberg, training and competition require different pacing strategies. Training, ironically, requires more intensity in the beginning of a workout than competition.

In training, Graham recommends testing max efforts across a wide range of commonly-used exercises, from GHD sit-ups to pullups, in order to know one's limits. Going into competition, athletes can use that information to pace themselves accordingly in terms of both speed and their work to rest ratio. The point being not to avoid fatigue entirely, but to prevent it from becoming overwhelming too soon.

However, Holmberg recommends against always using a pacing strategy in regular training, as it is an ideal time to confront and expand the limits of one's capacities.

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