Where baseball and softball athletes finally have the ability to take a break from the game.
After months of competing, it is time to rest and reset. Much of the offseason is allotted to rebuilding the body back up, developing on-field skills, and resetting mentally.
However, there are other areas that athletes should focus on to get the most out of their time off.
#1 – The most forgotten aspect: Nutrition.
All season long, athletes find what’s convenient and available. Often, this means late-night fast food post-game and limited cooking at home.
Now is the time to get back in the kitchen and take back control of what’s going into your body daily. Food is fuel.
You simply can’t out-train a bad diet and need to fuel your body with natural foods.
If you have any nutritional questions, please DM or email us. Check out this podcast episode for further nutritional insight for athletes.
#2 – Create a schedule.
Managing an offseason baseball training schedule should start with listing priorities and setting up an onramp into the season.
Organizing obligations to training will help slow the offseason down and ensure proper development.
Throwing, hitting, strength training, physical therapy, recovery days, and eating right are a couple of examples that should be on your schedule.
Finding what works best for you is the key.
What days do you have obligations? When are you traveling? Are you a morning or an afternoon person? Have a plan and execute it every day.
Strength is the foundation; make sure it’s prioritized at this time so it transfers to the field when the season returns.
#3 – Get a life!
Burnout is real. It can damper an offseason when you are supposed to be getting stronger, faster, and better.
The monotony of day-to-day offseason life can feel dragging. This should be a time to get out and do other things as well. Rest does not always mean doing nothing.
Be with family. Go on vacation. Being away from the game can help add to your drive when you are repping out bench presses or taking hacks off the tee in mid-January. Having a well-rounded life will create better results at the end of this time period.
It can benefit your mental health as well.
Don’t forget to communicate with your strength coach, PT, and regular coach as well to make sure all parties know how to help you get the most out of this time.
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