In this most recent installment of different periodization models we examine the Tschiene Model. In modern track and field the Tschiene model can be seen used often by our speed and power professional athletes. The events where this model is most often used is the 100, 200, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, and 110/100 High Hurdles. The Tschiene model can be started in two ways. The first Tschiene model starting strategy is a general build up using a Matveyev type general/specific prep. Following this preparation phase you would begin the competitive phase with the Tschiene Model. The second type of starting strategy is used for athletes who have a very short off season. It can be assumed the second type of start should only be performed by athletes that keep a high level of readiness.
Tschiene model is very different then the Matveyev Model it uses a repeated load and unloading phases. Meanwhile the intensity follows in a similar manner to the loading pattern. Dan Pfaff and Boo Schexnayder have been interview about their methods of planning and have mentioned a similar model in their training. Now, I do not want to speak for those two great coaches but a Tschiene model could look like the following: a week centered on improving technique, a week focused on power, followed by a week developing work capacity, and finally a week used for restoration. Not only can this training strategy be used week to week it can also be used over the course of a single week. The reason why the speed power people like this model is it has more frequent rest. Rest as we all know is very important to athletes requiring a high neural muscular output.
Now if you are a high school coach you can use this system too. A local coach in the St. Louis, Missouri area named Sean Burris has used a hybrid of this system for a number of years. Coach Burris’s training model has led to a number of state and national records coming out of his care. Records including today’s most recent AAU young woman record holder in the 800 Sam Levin.
I know most of our English readers will have to get their translators out to use the image I have provided. My hope is the explanation provided above will clear up any possible confusion. Please PM me if you would like contact info on coach Burris. Now like most sages you may have to climb a few mountains to see and speaking with him. But, if you can find the time I promise the conversation will open your eyes.