One of my favorite fitness training visuals is that of wringing out a wet towel. In my eye, this is the perfect approach to training. When you try to get the most out of it, it will gift you the most moving forward.
Learn about your limitations
This is a key step in getting the most out of the time you have to train and limiting long-term frustrations. If you do not know where your limitations are, it is hard to plot an effective route forward. I'm not saying just knowing that your shoulders are tight. Do you know if one is tighter than the other? Is it only specific movements that experience tension? How doe this impact other movements you try to complete in training and sport?
Taking time to go through a comprehensive movement assessment is one of the best things you can do when it comes to getting more out of your training. I recommend completing an assessment once a quarter to take stock in how training is affecting your body.
If you have ever complained about a lack of time when it comes to your training and you have not completed some form of assessment, you are missing out on ways to more effectively use the time you have.
For example, I am currently leading a pilot group through our Masters Athlete Reboot program. This group is looking to make training improvements after being affected by the pandemic. Each athlete goes through a Virtual Integrated Movement Assessment with my colleague, Kendal Jacobson. This assessment is utilized to pinpoint compensations and pain that needs addressing.
From there, a structured plan is built out to help the athletes improve upon limitations and maximize their capabilities.
Bring the focus
When you step into a training session, I challenge you to focus on the task at hand. We often go into a training session with the baggage of the day attached to our hip. Try to clear your mind during the 20-60 minutes you have to dedicate to your fitness craft. When you train with a heightened focus, you will get more good out of your sessions. You will learn more about your body and self-correct movement compensations before they become a bigger issue. Focus on how an exercise feels, where you are experiencing tension, and when you feel your body wanting to compensate. A good training session is like an insightful conversation with a good friend. You just have to be in the right mindset to listen and absorb the information your body is sharing.
Fuel your tank
Your training session does not start when you walk into the gym. Your training session starts days prior, as you fuel in preparation. If the days in the leadup to your training are filled with questionable nutritional choices, your training quality will feel the effects. Trust me, I do not fuel to 100% perfection each day. With that said, simply shifting my mindset to consider how a meal or a nutritional choice might affect me in one hour, one day, and one week helps me evaluate my choices with a clearer understanding of the ramifications.
Approach your training with a "wringing out the towel" mentality and reap the rewards.
Join us as a custom training athlete
When you begin the process as a Custom Training athlete, the whole experience is catered to you, your resources, goals, and availability. Our on-boarding process takes you through a tactical approach to design a training program best fit for your needs. The best part is that you can participate completely remotely and from anywhere in the world.
Step #1: Performance Questionnaire
To start your journey, we have you fill out a comprehensive performance questionnaire. This is going to help us learn about your goals, resources, and what you look to achieve from your training. Completing this form is the first step of your custom training process.
Step #2: Performance Assessment
This is where we get moving! The performance assessment is going to review your movement capabilities for both injury prevention and athletic performance. This will help us pinpoint strengths and weaknesses we can help you with and build out a foundational phase of training.
Step #3: Start Training
The final step of the on-boarding process is a kickoff phone call. During this call, we discuss your assessment findings, how we plan to help you improve, and answer any questions you have. We will also review your first phase of training and then you will be off and running! Not sure you are ready commit, you can complete the performance questionnaire, performance assessment, and phone call free of charge!
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