With everyone in self-quarantine at the moment it is easy for us to get in our own heads and lose motivation to get better. Days of sitting at home watching Netflix used to be a fantasy everyone dreamed of during their busy daily schedules, yet it turned out to be more of a nightmare than an actual dream. The hours drag on and we continue to binge on Tiger King as we finish our third bag of trail mix that we bought at Costco thinking it would last us the entire quarantine period. Does this sound like you? Don't worry. No one really knew how our lives were going to be affected by this pandemic. However, I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to put a halt on your training.
Modern day strength & conditioning does as much good as it does bad. We have become fixated with excessive exercise variation, heavy weights, and this notion that if we're not training hard or hitting some PRs we are not getting better. This couldn't be further away from the truth!
Self-quarantining should be viewed as a time of self-reflection. Think about the Buddhist monks you see in the movies/documentaries. They can spend months without speaking a single word! During this time they reflect on who they are and what their purpose is in this world. Although this may be a little bit extremist, it proves that not all isolation is bad.
We have set this idea in our heads that training automatically makes us think of a gym. Getting better suddenly became more about hitting the 400 lbs squat, or benching 225 lbs for 20 reps. How about we take 10 steps back and look at what really got us there in the first place?
Human movement has been a topic of much debate in the last decade. Terms like mobility, movement mechanics, breathing techniques, and muscle-mind connection have become common vocabulary in the strength & conditioning world. This is all great stuff, but honestly, how many athletes are actually spending time working on these things? If hip flexor weakness is preventing you from jumping higher, wouldn't you think that the best thing to do is to focus on strengthening that body part so you can increase your vertical?
This brings me to the point I'm trying to make. Self-quarantine is a period of rebirth. We can reprogram the way we walk, the way we stand, the way we breath. If we focus on the foundations for every sport-specific movement, we will see results as soon as we get back on the field. This is your time to look at what's holding you back and mindfully train it into a strength!
Chances are you probably are having a hard time thinking of things to work on during this time, right? No problem! This process doesn't have to make your head spin. I've listed below a couple of common areas of opportunities for athletes of all backgrounds to work on during this time:
1. Running Mechanics
2. Hip mobility and range of motion
3. Shoulder rehab/prehab
4. Diaphragmatic breathing
5. Core strength and stability
All of these things make up the pillars for elite level performance. By targeting these common weaknesses you won't just perform better, your body will feel amazing as well. Over the years we have developed this automatic way of doing things that may not be the most efficient. However, we never took the time to fix these because we were too busy thinking about the heavy weights and big numbers! Excellence is in the details!
Now that we've opened our eyes to the harsh reality of the performance world it is time to put our words into action. Go out there and work on your running posture, or open up your hips so you can squat deeper and pain free. The options are endless!
If you are ready to take the next step and join the Skope family so you can smash through these obstacles, contact us today. We are constantly busting through plateaus and developing better people because of it. Nothing replaces good old hard work!
Head Coach and Founder
Skope Sports Performance