Clean, squat, dead-lift, hang snatch, hang clean, snatch shrug, Frankenstein squat…
These are just a few of the Olympic lifts many college athletes do. The physical demand on college athletes is greater than ever before. College athletes must not only be mentally tough, but physically tough as well.
In a previous blog I discussed the mental toughness quality that college athletes must have, but let’s not forget the physical toughness necessary to perform at this level. At the collegiate level, every player was a “star” on his or her high school team. When combining those players and that type of talent on college teams, teams become even more competitive.
Part of winning in college is about being more physical than your opponent. You want to be bigger, faster, quicker, stronger, jump higher, and outlast your competition.
An important aspect to the physical toughness is the training. College trainers are experts in their field and specific sport. They create sport specific workouts in the weight room to best transfer to the court, field, etc.
It is important how athletes train, but how they recover is crucial. The right pre and post workout foods are vital to an athlete’s performance. In addition, an adequate amount of sleep is extremely rare but important to an athletes’ body recovery.
College athlete’s bodies get put through the ringer all year round. Your body usually never fully recovers before your next workout, and unfortunately it is something college athletes have to get used to. College athletes must not only be mentally tough, but physically tough as well.
Athletes- Share your story with me and what has made you mentally and physically tough!
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