Our society is built around the idea that more is better. This concept or idea has overflowed into training and training for sports.
Athletes, especially high school athletes want to do whatever it takes to play college sports and potentialy pro. If they can train twice a day, seven days a week, then they will. Is this really the best method for athletic development and success?
When it comes to strength training a lot of programs have four day a week workouts. The four days are broken into upper and lower body days to allow rest from the previous day. For example, doing a four day a week split- you are training your upper body 2 days a week and lower body 2 days a week which totals 104 training days for those muscle groups. However, if you did three Total Body workouts a week you would train all muscle groups 156 times a year; 52 more times than a four day split.
So with that being said you can train less days and get more accomplished?
Yes, just think about it when in athletics do we only use our upper body for a practice or game?
So why would we train that way? Training our body as a whole best prepares our body for the demands of our sports. It also allows us to develop better agility and coordination by using multiple muscle groups and joints at once. This also requires more mental focus and elicits a more favorable training response for improved performance.
Cutting back on your days of strength training not only allows more rest but also allows more time for skill practice/development. Help make the most of your athletes time and energy by maximizing their workouts.
For more information regarding training for sports and overall athletic development contact Jamie at, Jswagler@SwaglerStrength.com
Jamie Swagler,Performance Coach at Swagler Strength & Performance.