Offseason Training

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As pictured, the team takes a water break during practice. Depending on the practice, depends on the amount of water breaks.

Offseason training can help an athlete in any sport get better. Whether you play football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or track, it can be a grind. Cross country and track star, Tavian McKenna said, “like a week or two after the season ends, I will start doing light speed workouts and stuff.” Some athletes take a rest before they start their training, but some start as soon as their season ends.

 Sophomore baseball player, Hunter Austra, starts his training right away. “I started lifting about a day or two after my last game. We usually do heavy weight training for the first half of the offseason then we do agility and weights when we get closer to the next season.”

 No matter what sport you play, working hard in the offseason is needed to get better. Junior soccer player, Alieu Jallow said, “After playoffs, we usually have indoor soccer that lasts until about January. From January to March I have personal training. From April until June, I do track.”

Some athletes play another sport that interferes with their offseason training. Sophomore, Ben Bowen, plays baseball and cross country. “Even though I play baseball, I use cross-country as my training to keep myself in shape for the spring season.”

As an athlete, you should understand the importance of offseason training. “I never knew how important it was. Last season I saw a big improvement in myself and how hard I was hitting the ball.”