My Table Tennis Training in Canada by Pierce Scott


I have traveled a lot for table tennis. I have been all over the U.S. and to a few different countries. I have found that the most beneficial training came from Montreal, Quebec in Canada. Even though it was only a short flight away from Cincinnati, it felt like another continent because the city of Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world.

I typically went there for two weeks at a time. Most people think training should be something that is long, intense and lasts the whole day. In Canada, training is intense but it is just enough so you can handle it. I trained at a former Olympic site that is now turned into a sports school. The head coach there (Dejan Papic) is a former Olympic coach along with the assistant coach (Christian) who is also a former Olympic coach.

I would start off my day with a training session from 8:30 - 10:00 am. There was a study done that an athlete can only focus for one and a half hours straight. This session is normally very intense and ended with physical training/conditioning. Usually we would run laps, lift weights or play basketball or soccer. Then we’d eat at the cafeteria in the school or go somewhere around the training center. The next session was from 1:00 - 3:00 and then 5:00 - 8:00 or just 4:00 - 7:00 depending on whether the kids are in school or not. That next session would typically start off with the same theme as the morning session and then play some sort of game towards the end.

After this session you have physical training. This was very intense. This was usually sprints and laps. Occasionally we would lift weights. Each week they would have one thing they would work on. That whole week was used to practice the skill in every situation.

After the training was done you have the night to go out into the city of Montreal.

Pierce Scott

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