Your nutrition directly impacts your performance. Everyone has their own unique approach to nutrition and you probably shouldn’t make any drastic changes now. You don’t have to go full-on Paleo, but limiting the amount of processed, fried, and super greasy food that makes its way onto your plate is always a good idea. I love a greasy burger, but I will save that for after the Open. If you are a “one and done” person, go ahead and celebrate your workout afterwards with your gym friends over some tacos. If you plan on testing the workouts multiple times as I do, maybe consider saving the pizza until after these 5 weeks. Then go out and celebrate a job well done!
When’s the last time you took 15 minutes a day to foam roll, stretch, and stabilize your body outside of class? Most people have foam rollers and lacrosse balls laying around the home collecting dust or acting as dog toys. I get it – you’re busy and you already train an hour a day. The kids are calling, the dog needs walked, and somehow the apartment must get cleaned.
When it comes to mobility work, it pays to only do the things that will pay the highest dividends. Usually, that’s the lowest hanging fruit such as thoracic spine, ankles, and core stability. Here is a previous post on how to assess your own spinal mobility and here is another that gives you my own personal spinal routine which takes about 5 minutes and requires no equipment.
Sometimes mobility work requires some extra help. Got a spot that just won’t let go? Try some Active Release! Got a sticky joint? Perhaps an adjustment is in order! Don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional in your area for some extra help; that’s what we’re here for.
Of course, if you don’t need to improve your mobility in one area, it doesn’t make sense to keep working on it. That’s where I can help you dial in your recovery and mobility routines so that you’re not wasting your time and still improving your movement patterns. Click below to schedule a free consultation and let’s make a plan together!