All good things must come to an end, and my stint keeping you guys right with your training and diet has ran its course! With the launch of my new online coaching business and the continued growth of The Edge, I’m not enjoying as much time working with GAA players as I have over the years, and when you aren’t having those conversations on a regular basis then I feel as if I’d be at risk of giving advice that could be irrelevant to the changing demands of the game!
There are a few things that will never change though, some fundamental building blocks which will help you fulfil your athletic potential and become the best you can be!
1. Set a goal. Your training, diet, overall approach to lifestyle in general needs to be driven by the goals you set yourself. Get crystal clear on where you want to go and then put the pieces in place on how you’re doing to get there.
2. Consistency. The single biggest factor in determining if success and failure is consistency. I’ve no doubt you’ll have instances where you just couldn’t be bothered training, you don’t want to toe the line with your eating or life just gets in the way. It’s battling through those potential banana skins and continuing to take positive actions day in, day out which are going to make the difference.
3. Squat. Hinge. Push. Pull. Lunge. Carry. Rotate. Those are the movement patterns that you need to be doing when you’re in the gym. And not only doing them, but doing them with intensity. If you’re unsure of what you should be doing, reach out for help. Your programs should be created progressively so that you can see improvements from the start of one block to another. Work smarter, not harder.
4. Get clued in to what you’re eating. Understand the importance of carbohydrates as a fuel source, and how/when to take them in before training and games. If weight loss is a goal then you need to create a calorie defecit, but it’s important not to sacrifice your performance in training or games, so be flexible with your calorie intake. If by shooting for 1800 calories per day will stimulate fat loss, then multiply that across a week and fuel well for training and cut back on rest days. Simple!
5. Don’t underestimate the value of a good sleep pattern. Nail those 90 minute cycles when you can and you’ll be much better for it!
You can go super deep on each of those points, but if you’re able to get a good grasp of each of them and apply them to your life day in and day out you’ll see some major improvements across the board!
Level Up Online Coaching will be opening its books at the end of September for people who want to take control of their body and mind and take it to the next level, if that sounds like something you’re ready to do just reach out to me on any of my social media platforms and together we will Level Up!
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