Here are four tips you can use to get the most out of your training. Of course, it is true that every person is different and trains in different ways, but these tips can be used by everyone and will not hurt you – on the contrary! They might even be the next steps to take to reach your next level.
1. Focus on movement
By improving the freedom of movement in your feet, knees and hips you can increase your chances of a successful performance and reduce risk of injury. You can either carry on doing your exercises, or do them first properly and in full. This can be achieved by spending the first 5 to 10 minutes of every workout doing dynamic exercises, such as a walking lunge with upper body rotation.2. Listen to your body
As we already mentioned in the post about “No pain, no gain”, it is extremely important to listen to your body and react to the signals it gives you in order to reduce risk of injury.3. Important: R&R
“r&r”, or “rest and recuperation” was a term originally used in American army slang but it is also essential for training. For this reason it is important to have a training plan in which you avoid doing three difficult exercises one after the other. It is better to interval these with a relaxed jog or blackroll training. Another important part of r&r is sleep. Not sleeping enough (even if six hours may seem enough) will negatively affect your performance in the long run. Your body needs to recover if you want to give it all you’ve got during your next training session.4. Vary your training
It is not only boring for your mind when you do the same exercises again and again, it is also boring for your body. If you have been doing the same exercises over and over for some time, it is probably a good idea to vary your workout and add in different exercises. The seasons can help inspire you with this: running, cycling and hiking are great in summer, while cross-country skiing, ice skating and alpine skiing are perfect during the winter. :-)
Source: Under Armour