Five For Friday- Kick It Into Gear For Season
One of our followers, Sophie, submitted a question that we’re sure is on all of your minds- How do you get in shape for season?!
Great question, Sophie. Whether you’re a goalie, midfielder or somewhere in-between, chances are you’ve been thinking about how to get into lacrosse shape. We give you five helpful steps to make sure you’re in the best shape come tryouts!
- Give yourself time- We’re happy you asked this question in December and NOT February. Why? Because you simply can’t change your body that quickly! Whether you’re looking to increase your endurance or put on muscle, you’re not going to notice some real changes for a least a few weeks. So, be sure to give yourself at least 6 weeks to get on track to where you want to be, and most importantly don’t expect to crush records after one workout!
- Get a Plan- Assuming you’re not a certified strength and conditioning specialist or have a degree in Exercise Science, you’ll probably want to get some professional advice on how to plan out your workouts. Running at a 6.0 pace on the treadmill every day might get you to run further, but you won’t be getting in lacrosse shape. Likewise, having someone plan who knows what they are doing, will make sure you’re getting the most out of your workouts without burning out one muscle group. Ask your school’s strength and conditioning coach or PE teachers for advice on who to reach out to. You want to make sure whomever you’re working with understands you’re training for lacrosse, and make it as specific as possible. You need explosive, powerful movements along with anaerobic and aerobic endurance!
- Make a schedule- So you have your plan and you’re ready to go. Maybe one day you’ll go mornings, one day try to fit it in after a winter sport. No. Once you get your plan, put specific times in your planner or calendar and reserve them for working out. If you go into the week trying to squeeze it in, chances are you’ll give yourself some excuse to NOT do you workout. Don’t fall into this trap, if you’re serious about getting in shape, you need to prioritize for it!
- Find a Buddy- Not only will it be harder to back out of a workout, but you’ll also find that you go harder when you train with someone. Find a friend who has the same goals as you and get better together! If you both have a time set aside, you can be each other’s motivator when you’re having a bad day and really push your limits together. You’ll be surprised how much more enjoyable workouts become when you share it with someone else.
- Rest and Recover- Sometimes we can get too involved in our workouts and miss one of the most crucial elements to getting better- rest and recovery. If you want your body to perform like a well oiled machine, you need to treat it line one. Make sure you’re fueling up with good, whole foods, and giving your body enough time to recover between workouts. You can’t overwork yourself, put in junk food, and expect to get results!
Best of luck in your training, Sophie!
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