Ultimate Alpha Extreme Another great example is once again, a hockey player: You may be able to squat 500 lbs, but what good is that if you have no balance? As a hockey player you are essentially balancing on two 1.5 inch knife blades. If you don’t train to recruit your core muscles to allow them to work in concert with your legs, you are just going to be a strong guy with tree trunks for legs laying all over the ice because you fall over anytime the wind blows. There are tons of great balance platforms out there to help you work on balance and strength all at once: half BOSU balls, full stability balls, inflatable balance discs, and even wooden or plastic balance boards. Conclusion: Strength is nothing if you can’t apply it.
3. Rest “Active Recovery”
Another problem I see all too often with younger athletes is their resistance to rest. Athletes hear that word “rest” and they automatically associate it with the word “lazy”. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. This point goes hand in hand with the number one point above, injury prevention, but it also stems from the logic of weight lifting in general. When you train you are breaking muscles down why? So they can rebuild stronger. If you do not give your muscles the nutrients and almost as importantly, the time to repair, you are breaking them down for nothing. Rest is 50% of working out’s logic and you cannot afford to ignore it. Now that that is out of the way let me better define “rest”. When I say rest, yes I do mean Ultimate Alpha Extreme taking some time off, but that isn’t all. After a 9 month athletic season, your body does need a few weeks completely off to repair all the moderate to minor little twists, tears, and general battering it has undertaken. But after those few weeks, you should be getting back after it. The best way to improve is to never get completely out of shape. But more importantly, what I mean by rest is “active recovery”, that is exactly what it sounds like, taking actions to help speed your body’s recovery process along. These can be in the form of rolling out on a foam roller, targeting trigger points, using stretching bands, or even something simple and effortless like compression sox. Anything that is easy on your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, that still stimulates blood flow to bolster the healing process is going to be extremely beneficial. Conclusion: Rest is essential, you aren’t lazy, your body needs it. You should be actively stimulating increased blood flow to help speed up the recovery process.
4. Don’t Over-Stimulize Before Training
This is one thing I myself struggled to comprehend in my playing days. I had it deeply ingrained in my head that the more energy I had during a training session the more benefit I was going to get out of it. I drank energy drinks loaded with sugar and other completely bogus energy sources, and even worse heavy-duty stimulative filled pre-workout drinks.