4 QUICK Tips to Avoid Burnout
Basketball players now, more than ever, play a lot of basketball. On average, athletes tell me that in the summer that they play 40 to 60+ AAU games a year. I think that’s far too many but that’s another day and another blog.
With all this basketball year round, how does the aspiring athlete avoid burnout and days when the motivation to get in the gym just isn’t there.
Think about what you think about
One question I’d ask myself daily, before, during and after workouts was: Am I training according to my aspirations? I would really think about that question. It was always a great motivator for me because the question really demands TRUTH over HARMONY from yourself.
If you’re honest about your aspirations, than you may not do the workout and that is okay. Your priorities may be different. If you want to play at the next level than you know that you won’t get much done if you only work on the days that you feel like it. You will get to the gym or the track or the weight room and go through your workout with enthusiasm and zest.
PROTECT YOUR REST
Training – day in and day out – is demanding and tough on your body. This is especially true of an athlete’s body that is already a bit broken from overuse. Be sure to include rest times and rest days in your training schedule.
Athletes should be doing everything possible to recover quickly, whether through nutrition, hydration, stretching, or sleep. Elite athletes know rest and recovery is as essential to their training plan as the training itself. It REALLY does make a difference.
HAVE FUN! Training should be fun. The fact that you get to play basketball is amazing. Think about how fun it is on those days, in practice or in a game, when you’re just ballin’. You know what I mean. Those days where you’re just in the groove. Those days happen because of the training at 6AM that no one sees.
Go into your workouts with the approach that declares, “I’m going to make this fun.” Add games (even if it’s games against yourself) to make it fun.
Imagine the gym is filled with fans, screaming and cheering you on. Imagine yourself making a slick move, to blow past the best defender in the league in the championship game. Sometimes I’d even just spend the first 15 minutes hyping myself up while I shot, yelling: “You’re such a good shooter, You Can’t MISS.” Figure out what works for you.
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variety is the spice of life
Add variety to your workouts. Because I would train daily, I wanted each day to be different so that it wouldn’t get boring and tedious. If you’re doing the exact same shooting workout each day, it’s going to get old really quickly.
So I created a workout for each day. I’m not saying I worked on something different each day, I’d include certain things each day and some things three times a week but each day there was enough variety to help me look forward to each workout.
I also kept a notebook of all my shooting workouts (if you’re not doing this than go get a notebook today and start) so I could compete against myself from the previous week. On Mondays, for instance, I would compete against my own results that I wrote down from the previous Monday’s identical workout. Now not only are you manufacturing some competition for your individual workouts but if you beat your results than you are seeing improvement.
- Everyday take a step toward your goals, even a small one.
- Your body needs rest and proper fuel.
- Never forget how much fun you have playing.
- Remember, that our brain loves and needs variety.
The off season is long but with proper planing and the right mindset, you can dominate an empty gym now so you can dominate a full gym later.
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