As an athlete, it can be extremely frustrating on those days when you can’t train. Whether it be because of an injury, a cancelled session, or simply life getting in the way, when you don’t train, you feel unfulfilled. Well, just a few months ago, millions of athletes and fitness fanatics worldwide were dealt a crushing blow when the COVID19 Pandemic forced every fitness, school and athletic training facility to shut down indefinitely.
While this shut down certainly changed how many athletes were training for their particular sport, it didn’t mean training had to stop altogether. On the contrary, there are nay ways to keep up your training regiment while at home during lockdown and for those who are committed and truly diligent, amazing gains and athletic progress can still be made even when training is dramatically altered.
Watch how this family and others use VertiMax Platforms and Raptors to train at home or on the field of play.
While VertiMax offers great solutions to train wherever and whenever you can, here are 9 tips to training at home for all athletes:
Fine tune the nutrition program - A solid nutrition program is the foundation of any successful training program. While on lockdown, you can use this time to dial yours in perfectly. As we are all limiting our trips to the store, focus your purchases on nutritious real food. Nothing in a box or a bag and only those foods that will support your goals. If you only have good food on hand, then cheating on your eating plan won’t be an option. Organic veggies and fruits, grass fed beef and chicken, and water.
Master your bodyweight - While you may not have access to dumbbell, kettlebells, plyo boxes, etc., you can accomplish pretty much everything you need to in regards to cardio exercise, flexibility training and muscle building using on your own bodyweight. Use this time to master next level bodyweight moves that will take your training to the next level. There is an incredible array of YouTube videos on the subject and you might be surprised at just how strong you can become without lifting one weight. For instance, movements like pistol squats, 1-armed plank holds, jump lunges will get your heart rate fired up and your muscles jacked in no time at all! No matter what your sport, there are plenty of bodyweight-only moves to help take our conditioning and agility skills to the next level.
Family room obstacle courses - With a little creativity, you can turn any room of our house (or several rooms together) into an incredibly challenging obstacle course designed to keep you in peak condition and ready for your next event. Who needs an agility ladder when you can place canned goods, pillows, or anything else you have lying around the house in the floor and practice agility drills any time you want? Add some stacked pillows for some plyometric training and some set stations where you can perform burpees, mountain climbers, clap pushups and more. You can make each room of your house a different set of drills to keep the workouts fresh. In fact, have a family member set up the obstacles in each room to keep you guessing and make the training even more fun!
Get outside! – When the weather permits, take your training outdoors. One of the simplest exercises to help athletes stay fit and quick is sprint intervals. Make a distance of 25 yards, warm up, then perform 10-12 sprints, then cool down. This will keep your lower body strong, quick, and ensure your body is burning fat for hours afterwards. If you have a family member who can support your training, you can wrap a beach towel around your waist and have the family member hold both ends of it behind you while you try to sprint. This will provide a fantastic amount of resistance and build leg and core muscles while helping to keep your cardiovascular training in top form. The possibilities are endless when you can get outside to train. ANYTHING can become training equipment. A bench, a chair, some sticks placed evenly apart for agility training…just use your imagination and create your own program to keep your progress moving forward!
Watch some videos - One thing that has increased during this pandemic lockdown is the number of live and record training videos online. Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios and coaches are all hosting live fitness training sessions where you can join in and follow along or watch the sessions later at your own leisure. If your coach or facility is not doing this, it won’t be hard to log on and find a plethora of others who are doing this and many of them are free for anyone to watch. Many are hosted via Facebook live so keep your eyes out and you might be surprised at the number of these floating around. And, if you are looking for something specific, just do a quick YouTube or Google search for your specific training niche and you can uncover a treasure trove of how-to exercise and workout vids that you can incorporate into your in-home training routine. VertiMax offers a great free app that provides hundreds of drills with videos for using our athletic training equipment.
Reach out to the experts – if you’re a high school athlete then there is a good chance you may already have a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach. These qualified experts can still offer you a great training plan based on your needs and goals. Even though the school weight room and gym are closed it doesn’t mean these coaches aren’t working! Their goal is to get you stronger even if they can’t do personal one-on-one coaching.
Add something brand new to your training regimen - Another fantastic idea for athletes who are training at home is to learn about and try something that you have never done before. There are likely many training protocols you have thought about but never tried so why not use this lockdown time to investigate a few? Yoga, Pilates, Ta-Chi, and mediation are just a few ideas to get your brain thinking. Choose one (or several) and do a little research. You might be surprised at how much progress you can make in your athletic training by trying something completely brand new and outside your normal regimen.
Schedule time – If you’re used to training on a schedule at a gym or school then stick to it. To help keep yourself committed and accountable, schedule your workouts in a calendar at times you know you'll stick to. Keeping this schedule in view will help you to remember it’s time to work out and less likely to forget.
Check your form- A good way to ensure you are training properly is to have your form checked on any movements. If you have a coach, or personal trainer you can easily film yourself doing an exercise and send to them for feedback. This will help you properly complete the exercise and maximize the movement for gains.
Choose any (or all) of the above ideas and then come up with a few of your own! Just because you don’t have access to your normal gym, training facility or high school weight room doesn’t mean you can’t make progress with whatever sport or activity you are involved in. The key is consistency and pushing yourself to get faster, stronger, and more resilient. Fancy equipment, padded flooring, and experienced coaches can certainly support your goals, but good old-fashioned creativity and a desire to become better can do the trick as well. Good luck in your training, stay fit and stay safe!