Ever wonder why elite athletes such as the NBA players can play 82 games in 6 months? That’s an average of almost a 40 minutes game every 2 days for 6 months!
What is the secret of such elite athletes being able to push their body to the limit and perform at such high levels every other day without succumbing to serious injury?
Is it because of their natural talent or intensive strength and conditioning program?
Are such capabilities beyond the reach of an amateur but driven athlete?
Training programs are created through a collaborative effort between our certified and highly trained fitness trainer and our biomechanical expert physical therapy staff. Our results-oriented approach is one of building a comprehensive program that includes corrective exercises to improve mobility and stability, speed, agility, and quickness, safe and functional strength training, and appropriate cardiovascular recommendations to give each of our clients the most durable body possible.
Athletes striving to perform at high levels must push their bodies to the limit. As such they put their bodies through sessions of strength and conditioning, skills training almost every day. Such strenuous training and sometimes grueling competition schedules impose a tremendous amount of physical and mental stress to the athletes. If they cannot cope with the demand, fatigue and physical breakdown occur, leading to poor performance and often, injuries.
The key to allowing the allowing an elite athlete, or even an amateur like myself, pushing our bodies to the limit without breaking down, lies in a simple yet often neglected part of the training program, recovery.
According to Barry Barnes, Head Coach of Australian Men’s Basketball ,in his 1996 Atlanta Olympic Report “ If there was one single factor that helped this team perform at the level they did at Atlanta, it was the recovery program that was put in place…” Tour de France Legend Lance Armstrong also remarked “Recovery is the name of the game.. whoever recovers the fastest does the best.”
Recovery, often mistaken as just rest, is much more than just that. It is a very crucial part of training strategy that many amateur athletes are unaware of. Athletes are always looking to train and to find new ways to train to make themselves faster, stronger and better. Yet, in order for the body to adapt to the training at the high intensity, there must be appropriate recovery strategies implemented.