So what is missing in your workout? Do you find yourself doing the same thing everyday? Does the pain outweigh the gain from the workout or are you hurting (not sore) for days and weeks after the workouts? Why? So, if you are missing some basic things you might be in more pain than you want to admit. Most of today’s athletes know the value of strength training and lifting weights but with all the “information” on the internet it is tough to get the right information to the right person.
In this post I will be sharing with you some things that might be missing in your or your team’s workouts. Many teams and coaches have a very limited time with their team so it is important to prioritize the lifts according to the needs of the athletes. I am going to separate each workout into 3 areas.
Movement Prep (don’t get it confused with warm up) is a way to isolate the joints get specific movements in that will be important to the day’s workout. Getting the nervous system amped up, joints prepared for movement, and heart rate in a good
Strengthening– This is your general workout that many of you do already. Whether you do a split routine (Monday- push, Tuesday-pull, Thursday-push, Friday-pull) or do some variation and combination it is important to remember that movement should not be isolated to one direction or plane of motion. Lateral, overhead, rotational, frontal movements should be evenly distributed between each day. It makes since to move in the same planes of motion that athletes do in competition doesn’t it?
Energy System– This could be considered “conditioning” for some teams. It is important to note that we must train in the system that we use as athletes. If we are baseball players it makes NO since to run 4 miles a day. Baseball Players are anaerobic athletes. They need to sprint, recover and repeat.
Mobility– This section often gets left out but it is essential to the parasympathetic nervous system that a “cool down” or mobility routine be involved in the daily workout as an athlete or adult. Despite what many people think there is still a place for static stretching and this is it.
The movement prep and the mobility part of the workout are usually missing when I observe workouts of teams and coaches. These two pieces of the workout can help to keep athletes healthy and performing at a much higher rate than if your team didn’t use them.