BEYOND TRAINING: Ancestral Athlete 20 Week Marathon Plan

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Training Load By Week
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Training Load By Week

This "Ancestral Athlete" marathon plan is based on the healthy training concepts that Ben Greenfield teaches in his book "Beyond Training" and also in the article at http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2013/03/best-ways-to-build-endurance-2/

It relies on "underground" training tactics, high intensity interval training and a natural physically active lifestyle to allow for optimum endurance building and marathon preparation without doing lasting damage to the body.

This 20 week (5 month) plan is perfect if you are a beginner to advanced marathoner who is limited on time (6-10 hours per week), want to get the most bang for your buck out of training, and also want to ensure you stay completely healthy in the process of pursuing your endurance goals.

Sample Day 1
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Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand.
Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits.
Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 8
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand.
Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits.
Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 15
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand.
Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits.
Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 22
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand.
Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits.
Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 29
0:03:54
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Intermediate to Advanced

Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand.
Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits.
Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 64
0:03:54
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Intermediate to Advanced

Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand.
Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits.
Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 92
0:03:54
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Intermediate to Advanced

Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand.
Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits.
Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Ben Greenfield
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Ben Greenfield

I coach groups, teams and individuals from around the world for triathlon, cycling, swimming, running, obstacle racing, adventure racing, bodybuilding, muscle gain, fat loss, anti-aging and cognitive performance.

A full list of my consultation, coaching and training services is at http://greenfieldfitnesssystems.com, where you can see my concierge Ultimate coaching , and also 20 and 60 minute consultation and pre-written training and nutrition plans.