ENS, we know that preparation and attention to detail are crucial to success both on and off the pitch, so we decided to ask our world-class clients for their best training tips. These individuals have competed and succeeded at the very highest level so it is certainly worth heeding their advice. We have also added our own tips to the list - take them or leave them!
If you feel that a particular part of your body is underdeveloped relative to the rest of your body, make a point of covering up everything but that particular part when looking in the mirror. That way you will focus only on the areas for improvement.
Make sure you get your breakfast right, it should be high in protein. Many people don’t know that, as far as most cereals are concerned, eating them is as about as good for you as eating the box they come in.
Train the way you play. Stick to the stuff that you would do in a game and attempt to simulate that intensity in training sessions.
Don’t neglect the importance of your recovery. Get your recovery shakes in quickly, making sure they are a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein. Carbohydrates quickly replace your energy stores and protein supports muscle growth.
I used to do a lot of plyometrics – things like bounding, hopping and two-footed hurdle jumps. They are great for increasing your top running speed which was very important for me playing on the wing.
If training starts at 9, don’t sprint through the gym doors or onto the field at the last minute. Instead arrive in plenty of time to do your own pre session prep so that you can utilize session time more efficiently.
Know how and when to stretch. Do dynamic stretches after you are properly warmed up (that way you will stay warm) and spend at least 10 minutes doing static stretches properly at the end of your intense training. Your body will look better and hurt less!
Get plenty of rest, at least 8 hours a night, and don’t over train. Rest is just as important to your fitness circuit as the sessions themselves. An increase in stress hormones caused by lack of sleep can be detrimental to muscle growth and fat loss. Also, avoid heavy contact with your nose.
Train first thing in the morning so that you have less time to talk yourself out of it. I find that my enthusiasm levels dip after a long day in the office and the chances of ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ syndrome increase.
Don’t drink milk before exercise, particularly before swimming.
Plan your fixture list – work out your must win fixtures and your gimmes and structure your team selection around that.
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