When was the best time to start strength training for footy season? (We’re using footy in this example as it’s the most common athlete we deal with, but the same message applies for all sports including netball, basketball, tennis, cricket etc.) With footy season kicking off this week at the local level there’s going to be a bunch of players excited to see all the effort they’ve put in over the break and some a little nervous about the lack of work they’ve done. If you’re in the ‘I’m not sure if I’ve done enough work’ camp than you’re probably like most local level footballers. And while it would have been much better to start 5 months ago, it’s not too late to incorporate strength training into your preparation. There’s a saying that goes... “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The same can be said for your physical preparation.
Every year we see a few common mistakes at the local level that can easily be fixed. 1. The person that hasn’t done enough strength training before the season so they blow it off and wait until next season. 2. The person that does all the right things in the off season and then stops all strength work during the season. 3. The person that only does upper body during the season because ‘your legs get enough work through all the running you do’ 🤦♂️ None of the 3 situations above are ideal however, it’s not too late to fix them. So just because you’re behind the 8-ball and haven’t done enough preparation, it’s important that you don’t blow off another season. You can improve athletic qualities such as strength, speed, power and work capacity throughout the season. Developing these qualities allows you to recover faster between games, be more resilient to injury and give you the best chance to perform on game day. So don’t let a lack of physical ability hold you back, get in the gym and start strength training. In-season strength training is a post we’ll write in the future but if you have any concerns or questions about how to approach strength training around games, feel free to message us for some guidance. #one22