This 10-week training program to get back in shape after a long break comes from the mind and experience of coach Philippe Stiel, who is currently coaching Luxembourg’s pistol team and did the same for a long while with the Belgian national team (from where this training plan comes from). One of his shooters kept notes and was so kind as to share them with me. Philippe agreed immediately when I asked them if I could share them with you.
Philippe Stiel sent these three pistol training plans as an alternative to the technical training I was doing, focused mainly on hand pressure and trigger execution. Each of these plans should take about 1h45′ and are geared to work a bit of everything so as not to get bored, taking into consideration that shooting is a repetition sport and that there are not thousands of different exercises available.
After a short break from training, Philippe Stiel gave me this plan to train at home and at the range geared towards improving:
* My hold within the 9 ring and my perception of it.
* The start of my trigger release.
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.