Do you know how to make the most gains during your Off-Season Training?
What even is Off-Season Training?
In periodized training we use 4 main time blocks to describe how we approach
Pre-Season is that time in which you’ve amped up your sport specific workouts to get ready for In-Season or the main time frame in which you’ll be doing most of your competitions. Post-Season is that break after your regular competition season ends (maybe even after championships or finals of some sort) where you take a little time to recover before you hit Off-Season Training. Off-Season training is where the real magic happens because you can make serious gains in your overall strength, agility, power, and overall performance during this time. Here we offer you 5 tips to make the most of this training block.
#1 – Set specific goals and create a plan
Determine what you want to achieve during the off-season and create a detailed plan to reach those goals. Typically, for most athletes the time to prioritize strength training is during the off-season. This is when you can push a little harder in the gym and focus more on full recovery after each session.
#2 – Focus on recovery
Off-season training is the perfect time to prioritize recovery and allow your body to heal from the previous season’s wear and tear. It’s best to enlist a coach that can help you design a customized pre-hab routine. Incorporate activities like massage, stretching, and foam rolling into your routine.
#3 – Cross-train
Use the off-season to work on other areas of fitness that may be neglected during the competitive season. Incorporate activities like yoga, swimming, or weightlifting to improve overall strength and flexibility.
#4 – Stay consistent
Even though there may not be any competitions during the off-season, it’s important to stay consistent with your training. Consistency is key to making progress and improving your performance.
#5 – Stay motivated
It can be challenging to stay motivated during the off-season, but finding ways to stay engaged and focused will pay off in the long run. Join a training group, work with a coach, or set up a rewards system to keep yourself motivated.
And Bonus Tip: Come train with us at CTG!