Zobha Circle of Grace member, Jack Cooney, shares tips to keep you motivated in your strength and conditioning training.
1. Evolve Your Program: Periodize your program. At Accelerate Sports Performance (ASP) our athletes and clients remain engaged and interested because we redesign their programs every four weeks. On a smaller level, they see modifications and adjustments on a weekly and daily basis in relation to personal adaptation or special needs. Not many people can adhere to a stagnant program. Evolve your program while keeping your goal in sight.
2. Train in Small Groups: Choose a small group or at the least a partner to train with. At ASP we see quick and consistent growth amongst our clients and athletes because of the competitive, educationally osmotic environment, and consistency that comes by training with others. No one wants to be “left behind,” plateau, or regress, while others surrounding are exceling towards their goals. At ASP we have seen that training in small groups allows quicker progression in skill and training via direct education and visualization. Training with a partner or small group will add excitement, increase effort, and spark positive competiveness.
3. Experiment with New Equipment: Variation is key to maintain motivation and program adherence. Body weight, cables, fat bars, bungees cords, bands, turf, pneumatic equipment, flooring…the list goes on. With your goal in mind, modify and utilize new equipment in your exercise prescription to keep it interesting!
4. Compete With Yourself: Consistently and periodically track and measure your progress in relation to your goal. This may include goniometry, body composition, repetition maximums, 10-yard acceleration, shuttles, vertical leap, VO2 max, heart rate variability. These are just some measures we test at ASP to make sure that our athletes and clients are competing with themselves, others, and staying focused on success. Whether the measures improve or plateau the numbers will provide extra motivation towards goal accomplishment.
At ASP we employ all types of measurements to motivate growth and success.
5. Play Your Sport: Most of us are training to be better at a sport we play or identify with. Be sure to maintain a steady dose of what you love to do! Lock in your neuromuscular, corrective, strength, conditioning, and movement practice and gains by playing the sport you are working to dominate. Whether it’s running, football, biking, baseball, skiing, surfing…give yourself a chance to let your hard work pay off to maintain cyclical motivation between exercise and your sport!