When someone starts sports, they get faster and stronger with practice. However, they eventually reach a plateau and have to do more to see the same gains. That’s why elite athletes use highly specialized programs for strength training and conditioning for peak performance. Practice isn’t enough; they need to focus on technique and target muscle groups to reach peak performance.
How do you train like an elite athlete?
Training is more than just following an exercise routine. It’s a process that prepares elite athletes to achieve peak performance. Multiple factors go into one person’s training—age, gender, size, shape, past injuries, etc. Therefore, you can’t just copy someone else’s plan and expect the same results. A good training plan is unique and designed to meet each person’s needs.
Frequency, Volume, and Intensity
Consider frequency, volume, and intensity when designing an individualized training plan. First, frequency is how often you’ll train each week. Next, volume represents the amount of work, such as the number of sets and repetitions. Then, intensity is the workout’s difficulty. For example, a higher weight or resistance is more intense than a lower weight.
Individuality and Specificity
Everyone responds differently to training. For example, imagine you see an ad for an online program. However, you don’t see the same gains when you try it. So, was the program a fraud? Maybe, or maybe not. You are not the person in the ad. So, your body responds differently to the regimen.
Elite athletes train with specificity and individuality. They adapt exercises to meet their metabolic demands. Likewise, they prepare for a specific activity or goal. For example, a swimmer may focus on the lats and back because these muscle groups are the main driver in the water.
Strength Training and Conditioning for Peak Performance
Strength training and conditioning for peak performance puts a lot of demands on the body. And the results are worth it. Achieving peak sports performance means following an individualized program that targets the specific muscle groups you need. At Churchill Orthopedic Rehabilitation, each Elite Athlete Performance Plan is designed for individual gains. Work with us to achieve your goals. Schedule an appointment online.