If you avoid common training mistakes, you’ll give yourself a better chance to realize your athletic potential.
You’re already serious about becoming the best athlete you can be, wouldn’t you want to make sure you aren’t shooting yourself in the foot by making mistakes that are completely avoidable?
Of course, you don’t know what you don’t know, so I’m here today to tell you about some of the common mistakes athletes make in their training.
Training Mistake #1 - Not Having a Clear Purpose for Each Training Session
Every training session you undertake should have a clear purpose, whether determined by you or your strength coach.
Is this training session helping you get stronger? Faster? Working on your quickness?
Many athletes, especially youth or high school athletes, go through training haphazardly. They don’t know the goal of each session and just go through the motions, thinking they’ll get better. It doesn’t work like this!
Set a clear intention for each training session, knowing how you’re going to improve from it.
Training Mistake #2 - Not Focusing on Recovery
Recovery is disregarded by numerous athletes, with the thinking that only the training session matters. Wrong! How you recover is important as well.
When you sleep, when you take a rest day between training sessions, these allow you to recover so you can continue to train hard and make progress.
Disregarding rest and recovery not only leaves you feeling burnt out physically, it can also leave you feeling burnt out mentally.
Training Mistake #3 - Not Using Progressive Overload to Make Gains
Do you know how you make progress in the weight room? By lifting heavier and heavier weights. It's basically that simple.
What this means is you can’t go into the weight room and do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.
If you want to get stronger you have to use progressive overload, adding weight over time to allow your body to adapt.
Training Mistake #4 - Neglecting Nutrition
A powerful tool of any athlete in their training is nutrition. If you train hard, eat crap all day, and expect to become the best athlete you possibly can be, you're mistaken. It’s just not going to happen that way.
You need fuel to crush your workout sessions and also to recover from them so you can build muscle and strength.
You also need the micronutrients found in health foods that allow you to feel your best and help you avoid getting sick - which really can hamper your training.
Training Mistake #5 - Not Using a Complete Program
Becoming a better athlete requires a complete program, one that helps you get stronger, jump higher, run faster, and prevent injuries.
Neglecting any of these areas could mean you’re leaving precious gains on the table!
Each week, be sure to include various types of workouts in your training so you can improve in all areas.
This means doing a few strength training sessions per week, 1-2 speed workouts, 1-2 agility workouts, and 1-2 plyometric works on top of a proper dynamic warm up and stretching to prevent injuries.
Train smart, work hard, and elevate your game!