3 Keys to Improving Performance
This is how athletes successfully improve their level of physical fitness through the general adaptation system (GAS). The key is maximize improvement by successfully recovering from the alarm and resistance phases and never reaching “exhaustion.” We do this by fueling our bodies properly and ensuring that we get plenty of rest during times of intense training. Think of this principal as a tripod for your camera. Without any one of these legs, it’ll fall over and break that expensive investment. We need to eat properly to provide fuel for maximal effort during training and competition, and this same fuel speeds recovery by providing the nutrients needed to heal the body. Rest (sleep) is often considered the most important part of the triangle, because without it the body will slip into the exhaustion phase and never fully recover.
This is often the case with young top level athletes who have not yet learned to listen to their body. Shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep every night without the use of sleeping aids like Nyquil. This will help make sure that your body is reaching REM (rapid eye movement) sleep that is so essential to recovery. We’ll maximize our training results by sticking to “periodized” training programs, eating a healthy diet that provides plenty of good fuel, and always getting plenty of rest. This is the simple equation for success during your training.