Holiday breaks are meant for rest and relaxation. However, if you’re a player looking to maintain or improve your fitness, it’s important to put in some extra work so that you can return from the holiday break just as strong as when you left.
Something is always better than nothing!
Even if you can only get in 2 or 3 sessions, this is better than sitting on the couch for an extended period of time watching TV or texting on your phone.
For Athletes Already Training – Should You Train Over the Holiday Break?
For athletes that have been training consistently for a period of time, a two-week break from training could lead to a break in the routine and make it tougher to pick back up in the new year. In fact, two weeks of inactivity can reduce fitness by almost 30%. Why risk losing what you have worked so hard to attain?
Athletes and parents have worked hard to make their training routine sustainable and maintaining that routine should be prioritized while school is not the distraction it once was. Athletes and parents should look at their schedules and plan ahead and confirm training days in advance.
It is much easier to stick to a plan than try to wing it – as the old adage says, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
For Athletes Not Actively Training – Should You Train Over the Holiday Break?
For athletes that have not or are not currently training, this could be a great time to try something new. After all, you’ve got some extra time on your hand since schools are out for winter break.
Weight training and speed and agility training are fantastic ways to improve your on-field performance and this could be a great time for you to give both a try!
The thought of beginning a training program can be intimidating to many but after you have seen how great it is to train yourself and alongside your teammates, you can make it a consistent part of your regimen and take your game to the next level!
In an effort to give our members the opportunity to continue to train over the holiday despite our shortened hours, we will be offering speed and agility plus weightlifting sessions at the TSI Training Center between 11 am and 2 pm weekdays.
Members can register here: Sports Performance Training Sessions
About the Author:
Blake Campbell is the Sports Performance Coordinator for Bon Secours Sports Performance