As an athlete this summer you dad a couple of options when it came to training: you could spend the summer training hard for your next season or you could take the summer more lightly and use it to recover. Most people probably fell somewhere in between the two. Regardless of which approach you chose, fall is the time to continue making gains athletically or the time to start back up again!
If you spent the summer training hard it can be fairly streamlined to keep it up through the fall! However, problems often arise with changing schedules making life more of a juggling act. With school back in session it can be difficult to make time to train. Coming up with a plan for the fall and sticking to it can make all the difference in being ready for your next season. Accountability is key when it comes to sticking to a plan. Having a strength coach or a group that you train with can help hold you accountable.
If you used the summer as more of a rest period starting back up with your training regimen can seem like a daunting task. It is likely that your strength and stamina have declined making it difficult to get back into the swing of things. You will also deal with the initial soreness that always occurs when you start back up after a long layoff.
In order to get back on track quickly and minimize downtime it is important to follow a few rules when getting back into training.
- Start slow! Ease yourself back into training by starting with less sets, lower weight and sticking to basic exercises
- EAT PROTEIN! I cannot emphasize the importance of extra protein during the beginning of training. That initial soreness will go away much sooner with a higher protein intake
- Get good sleep! Sleep is when muscles recover and grow. Poor sleep = poor recovery
Stick to these tips and your fall training will start off on the right foot! Fall is a great time to keep the energy of summer going and continue making gains! Stay on the grind!