We’re only nine days into July and already there’s talk of pre-season starting back again. It’s a dreaded time for some, and for others it’s exciting to be back playing sport after a long off-season.
If you’re looking to make improvements over the next few weeks, think about your sport and break down different areas you want to work on before your team assembles at the start of August. You don’t want to be that player at the back of the line during early season runs or the person posting poor scores on strength and speed tests.
Every player prepares differently for the new season, but for us, here are three areas to help you get a head-start on your teammates and have the perfect pre-season.
Don’t overdo it!
Irrespective of your sport, it is important to build your workouts slowly again. If you go back to the gym and start lifting heavy weights with little conditioning then you’ll increase the risk of injury.
The key for now is to do less in the gym, but with intensity (ex: three sets instead of four or 8 reps instead of 12). At this stage of the year it’s more beneficial to do less as your muscles are adapting to new movements after a period of under-use.
Muscles de-condition so by trying to lift too much will lead to staleness. Remember pre-season hasn’t started yet so were slowly waking up the muscles and joints and building a base. Don’t overload your programme because we don’t want to be lethargic in August and September because we’ve done too much!
What to work on in the off season?
This varies depending on the player but each season will bring different areas of your game that need improvement.
Whether its flexibility, speed, fitness or particular muscle groups, this is the perfect time to build a base before your team gets together for a gruelling training block.