Training Tips For High School Athletes
With so much information literally at our fingertips these days, it’s possible for high school athletes to be exponentially more informed than ever before. On the good side of this equation are those who are promoting solid fundamentals, safe and effective exercises, as well as educated guidelines for healthy nutrition practices. On the other side of this equation are those who are far less informed and professing high risk, outdated, and ineffective strategies for health and superior athletic performance. Because of this, information overload has made it difficult for many amateur athletes, and especially in the case of high school athletes, to know where to begin when they are building a training program for the offseason.
With this in mind, Founder & Head Strength Coach at Michigan Elite Conditioning for Athletes David Lawrence has 3 fundamental tips for high school athletes when building a off-season training programs.
Hire a Qualified Strength Coach
Even the most accomplished professional athletes such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Miguel Cabrerra hire expert level coaches. The point is that even the best of the best know they can improve their game. A good coach can take you a long way, but keep in mind that there is a tremendous variance in the abilities of the best strength coaches and run-of-the-mill personal trainers. The best strength coaches will design training programs and nutritional programs for an individual athlete based on their unique biological makeup, abilities, and weaknesses.
Even the most accomplished professional athletes such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Miguel Cabrerra hire expert level coaches. The point is that even the best of the best know they can improve their game.
Eat Real Food
Most high school athletes underachieve because they don’t eat well. Even more specifically, they don’t eat a whole food breakfast heavy in protein. No matter how good the training program is, if you don’t have the right nutrients in your diet you’ll have reduced immunity, and an inefficient ability to detoxify, but most importantly though, you need to remember that you grow when you’re not training. Be sure to build a breakfast with meat in nuts rich in protein (60 grams).
Challenge Your Athletic Skills Against Stronger Competitors
You’ll improve your own athletic abilities faster by going up against other athletes who are better than you. Don’t be afraid to match up against someone bigger, faster, or stronger. Doing this creates a situation where you will be forced to improve your game. Look for every opportunity to compete with the best.