While training in person with coach Philippe Stiel he gave me a lot of useful advice on things like journaling, acceptance, mental fatigue, keeping the pleasure of shooting, visualization… Here are all of them for you to easily put in practice.
These are two standard air pistol training plans that I created myself while working with Philippe Stiel. He was more keen than other coaches on me choosing my own exercises, to which he would add helpful remarks.
One of the things that all coaches ask for is your shooting sequence (also called routine and process). This is was my shot process when I started training with Philippe Stiel, with his feedback on each point. Check out this list of shooting routines for inspiration in establishing yours and to see how my shooting sequence has changed over time.
Contrary to what you see in the picture, the last few days have not been happy. My performance at the French national air pistol competition was very disappointing and it has taken me five days to accept the team medal and believe in that smile.
To prepare next week’s French National Championship air pistol competition, Daniel brought in the MOP team for a full day to finish up our training. We trained for both precision and standard air pistol, and did a very interesting session to help us deal with the pressure and have sensible goals.
After my first training with Philippe Stiel and the discussion about contracts, he gave me this pistol coordination training plan to prepare for the coming competitions.
All the pistol coaches I’ve worked with use challenges and contracts in their training plans, usually adding more demand as competitions approach. After my first training session with Philippe Stiel he sent me a great email explaining contracts, so as to change my training plan and to improve coordination in training and competition. So far I’ve also worked with challenges and contracts with coaches Daniel Goberville, Santiago Gómez Salgado and Dina Aspandiyarova. This is my interpretation of their take on the use of challenges and contracts, with examples.
Last week has been great with multiple personal bests. A lot of pieces have fallen into place and I saw progress in the three competitions I shot. This is what I’ve learned.
A general conditioning training plan, to maintain or improve physical endurance and some of the muscles that we use for shooting.