3 Ways to Break Out of a Slump

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We all go through times when things just don’t go our way. We try to break out of it, but no matter what we try we can’t seem to shake it. This could be in sports, in school, at work, or in the gym. It happens to even the best of us.

Here are three ways to help break you out of a slump:

  1. Acknowledge the Slump

Accept it, don’t fight against it. Like getting stuck in a strong current, fighting the waves only tires you and worsens your chances of making it to shore. Fighting it can make a slump last longer and feel much worse. Ask yourself, what are my body and mind telling me? Acknowledge that maybe this is its way to tell you to slow down. The best athletes learn how to take advantage of the adversity that they face and come out stronger as a result.

  1. Write It Out

Try a free-writing exercise where you spend 10 minutes writing whatever you want. The only rule is that you have to keep writing. More often than not, writing exercises like these can help you get to the bottom of any problem you might be having. It takes time to master, but having a daily journal like this can help you understand your habits over time. It is also quite valuable to look back and see if you have had this problem before, and how you dealt with it.

  1. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)

Don’t throw yourself a pity party. The only people that want to attend are the ones that want to tear you down. When you’re in a slump don’t give into it. Have a positive mental attitude and surround yourself with other like-minded individuals.

Remember everyone gets in a slump. Acknowledging that it happens is the first step to breaking out of it. Try free-writing exercises to discover your habits. This will help guide you in making the right adjustments to break those bad behaviors. Attack your slump head-on with a positive mental attitude and surround yourself with others that exude that same positivity and you’re sure to be a success.

10-Minute Dynamic Warm-up for Any Workout

One way to set yourself up for workout greatness is by employing a dynamic warm-up. The warm-up below will prepare your body (and mind) for the advanced and technical moves to come. Additionally, taking the time to warm your muscles will help keep you injury free and in the game.

Dynamic Warm-Up

Before your workout, take ten minutes to perform the following exercises:

  • Up Dog/Down Dog
  • 20 Yard and Back Jog
  • 10 Leg Swings
  • 20 Yard Back Pedal and Back
  • 5 Lunges (per leg)
  • 20 Yard Skip Backward
  • 10 Push-Ups
  • 5 Groiner Stretches (per leg)
  • 20 Yard Shuffle and Back
  • 5 Lateral Lunges (per leg)
  • 20 Yard Carioca and Back
  • 10 Supine Straight Leg High Kicks
  • 10 Bridges
  • 10 Supine Leg Swings
  • 20 Yard Broad Jump
  • 10 Yard Single Leg Broad Jump (per leg)
  • 5 Burpees and Sprint 20 Yards
  • 5 Single Leg Burpees (left leg) then sprint 20 yards
  • 5 Single Leg Burpees (right leg) and sprint 20 yards
  • 5 Standing Knee Pulls (per leg)

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