Why Athletes Should Train Every Day

You don’t have to train physically every day, but if you have certain goals you need to be disciplined enough to continually “train” your mind as well. Professional athletes never have an off day because they are consistently working towards their goals both physically and mentally. Training daily can have many benefits for your body, and your mentality. If you want to be a successful athlete, you must be willing to put in the work every single day.

When you take a day off from training you are basically saying that “I’m not working on my goals or me as an athlete today.” You are telling yourself that your goals are not important, and they are ideas or things that would be cool if you accomplished them. If you have a goal you want to reach you must work for it every day not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. When you choose to not train you’re pushing your goals further away, and you develop excuses later that turn into habits.

Not every athlete can train every day due to different circumstances, and that is understandable. However, when taking a “rest” day you need to take the proper steps to continually grow as an athlete. Don’t’ be afraid to work towards your goals every day.

7 TRX Moves to Build Upper-Body Strength

The TRX Suspension System is great for providing exercises that are safe, functional and useful in preventing and recovering from injury. Essential to any strength-training program, an athlete uses their own bodyweight — adjusting resistance as needed — in order to target multiple muscle groups at once. The following exercises are just a few examples of how you can use TRX in your training. It is important to note that resistance is added by stepping closer to the TRX point-of-attachment, and reduced by stepping away. The row is a traditional exercise that targets the upper back and shoulder muscles. When compared to a traditional row, the TRX row is different in that it requires increased core stabilization.

How To: Begin with arms fully extended, pull elbows straight back and squeeze the shoulder blades together. Keep the core tight, and do not allow the hips to rise or fall. A great exercise for shoulder stability, the TRX Y targets the trapezius, deltoids and upper rotator cuff muscles.

How To: Bring straight arms up into a Y shape; be sure to point thumbs back. Keep the core tight, and body straight. The TRX T is another great exercise to target the upper back, including the rhomboids and rotator cuff muscles.

How To: Palms should be facing forward with thumbs pointed upward. While keeping arms straight, bring arms back into a T shape, contracting the upper back to bring the shoulder blades together. Keep the core tight, and body straight. The TRX A targets the lats, and other rotator cuff muscles. You can

How To: With palms facing forward, pull straight arms down to the sides in an A shape. Keep the core tight, and body straight. The TRX Tricep Extension targets the core and triceps, while also increasing shoulder stability.

How To: Begin face down, arms straight overhead, bent to 90 degrees with the palms facing upward. Extend the arms while maintaining an engaged core. A play on the traditional bicep curl, the TRX Bicep Curl is a great exercise to target the core and biceps.

How To: Begin with arms extended, as with the row, but palms facing upward. Without allowing the elbows to come close to the body, pull handles toward the shoulders. Keep the core engaged. The TRX Push Up Targets the pectoral muscles and anterior shoulder muscles. This exercise is great for shoulder and core stability.

How To: Begin face down in push up position, arms extended. Lower chest to handles, keeping the elbows close to the body, and then push handles away from the body until original position is reached. Do not allow the hips to rise or fall.Do you want to learn new ways to get stronger? Come find out how with the elite coaches at VSP South Bay. VSP South Bay makes athletes better. Click below to learn more about our programs and free trial.

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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