Summer Strength and Conditioning Programs
This article was contributed by Curt Truhe, CSCS.
As the temperature warms up and the end of school is in the near future, it is now time to start thinking about how you will use the summer months to meet your strength and conditioning goals.
Having a basic understanding of how a strength and conditioning program should look will help you understand what exactly you should be doing this summer. You do not need to get caught up in all of the terminology, but understanding the basic cycles will help you avoid overuse injuries and maximize performance. All athletes should be following a year-round exercise program. This is called your macrocycle. Within your macrocycle will be four main mesocycles. To keep it simple, the four mesocycles for athletes are going to be pre-season, in-season, post-season, and off-season. Within each of these mesocycles there will be microcycles. These microcycles are going to be the individual strength and conditioning programs you use.
Strength and conditioning programs should be individualized and specialized to your body, your goals, and your mesocycle. There is no one-size-fits-all program. All of us are different heights, weights, speeds, and strengths, and we need different programs to maximize our individual strengths and attack our weaknesses.
What You Need to Know
When is your sports season? Knowing what time of year your sport takes place in will play a huge role in what your summer strength and conditioning program will look like.
If you play a summer sport, you are an in-season athlete. Your strength program should look to help you maintain your pre-season strength and help you avoid injury with corrective exercises. Use mobility movements and exercises that help release stiffness from competition and prepare you for upcoming contests.
Fall athletes will be in your pre-season program. This will be your max strength and power microcycles. Your goal will be to reach max strength, power, and speed by the time the summer is finished. Your body should be in peak condition as the season is ready to begin. This also includes proper rest for the body in the week leading up to fall season.
Winter athletes will be just finishing up your post-season training and looking to head right into your off-season workouts. The first microcycle of the off-season program should aim toward building the size, stability, and movement patterns needed for your strength and power phases in the pre-season.
If your sport is in the spring, then you are in your post season. This is a good time to use your summer strength and conditioning program to help your body recover and heal from any injuries or problems your body underwent in-season to prepare for off-season.
If you have any questions about a strength and conditioning program for yourself or your child, contact your local Bon Secours Sports Performance Coordinator and find out how we can individualize your program to maximize your athletic potential this summer.
We offer Summer Clinics for middle and high school students at our Bon Secours Sports Performance Center:
Memorial Regional Medical Center
8200 Meadowbridge Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Phone: (804) 442-3670
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
June 20 – July 27, 2017
Middle School Clinic
- Speed, agility, and introduction to strength training
- 10am – 11 am
High School Clinic
- Speed, agility, and strength training
- 11am – 12pm
Spaces are limited. Call (804) 442-3670 to reserve your spot today!
For more information, visit us at http://www.bonsecoursphysicaltherapy.com/