The importance of training in-season

 In Fitness, sports performance

Who likes losing money? I don’t and I’m pretty confident no one else does either.

Now, let’s imagine this scenario. You have invested $3,000 over three months into the stock market. On month four the market drops 10%, you get spooked and pull out all your money fearing a market crash. Unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20 and it was only a correction, with the market soaring shortly thereafter. By pulling your money you locked in your losses and you just lost out on a lot of money.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

How does this relate to in-season training? Well, it does in two ways.

First, when you train during your off-season you get crazy gains in strength and power. When you neglect training in-season you take several steps backwards and your physical performance declines. The last thing you want while you’re in-season, the time you want to be at your physical best, is to be at your physical worst. As the old adage goes “If you don’t use it, you lose it” and you lock in your losses. Not only does your current performance decline but when it comes time for your next off-season you start from a lower level of physical ability than if you had trained in-season. You’ll be kicking yourself thinking about where you could be.

On top of the physical investment, let’s not forget the financial investment that takes place. Odds are, you’re paying a significant amount of money for a specialist to help you or your child improve. The money you’re spending is going to work during the off-season, just like it would in a good economy. By not training during the in-season phase, not only are you losing all the performance gains you made but you’re also not getting a good return on your investment. If you pay $900 dollars for performance training and see great results, by quitting you not only lose your results but all that money has now gone down the drain.

Don’t lose all the gains you made during your off-season training.

Fortunately, it’s very easy to maintain strength while in-season. It requires minimal time and effort. We have our athletes perform one to two 30-40 minutes sessions while in-season. That time includes a 10 minute warm up, 10-15 minute movement section and 15 minutes of strength training.

Focus on quality over quantity. A little bit of work one to two times a week will help keep you healthy and strong during your season and set you up for success for your next off-season.

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