During my off-season, I’ve been able to pick the brains of several college coaches about their training methods and tactics. Sometimes, what they share with me can be applicable to high school athletes and younger. Other times it can not.
One sprint coach I was talking to shared his thoughts on in-season training. This one nugget he shared with me really something I had not heard of before.
If you have been following my blog, you know that I am a big advocate for in-season workouts. I even shared my thoughts on what you need to do to keep your levels high come tournament time.
Once you re-read that then this next piece of training information will make even more sense.
The track coach agreed with me that the intensity has to be high when you lift in-season. Not the volume, keep that low, but the intensity. Then he added this twist to it.
He said that if female sprinters (or probably any female athlete) do not lift during the season and keep the intensity high, they lose their strength and power a lot faster than male athletes.
Now, understand he didn’t do any scientific research to make this proclamation. This was just what he had witnessed with his athletes in his years as a sprint coach and athlete.
That right there should be a game changer for any female track athlete. Any female athlete for that matter. You want to be at peak condition by the end of the season, YOU NEED TO CONTINUE YOUR STRENGTH TRAINING.
If you do not, then you are rolling the dice that you are that much better than your competition.
If it is my female athlete, then I’m going to do everything that I can to make sure they are running fast and performing well at the end of the season. Athletes in general lose strength and power when they stop lifting. If you tell me a female athlete will lose it that much faster, then I need to be on top of that.
I’m making sure my female athlete is lifting during the season, especially if she is a high school athlete. This is definitely one piece of advice that if it is good enough for a college athlete then it should be good enough for my high school athletes.