Put a Dent in those 10,000 Hours
Throughout the MaxBP blog we’ve discussed Malcolm Gladwell and his belief that if an individual spends 10,000 hours on a dedicated craft they will develop world class skill in that respective field. Athletes are a great example of this concept - the more they train the more success they will experience.
The offseason provides a golden opportunity to put a significant dent in that lifelong goal of 10,000 hours. Utilize this valuable time to log some hours, it is likely the best chance you’ll have to work hard and make major improvements.
More details in the January 17th post HERE
Strengthening your Mental Approach
At MaxBP we believe that athletic success hinders on several key factors - physical, visual and mental abilities. Often times athletes dedicate the majority of their time on physical development, while mental and visual training are an afterthought.
This offseason make it a point to strengthen your mental approach. Become a student of the game. You can do this by studying your opponents, gaining valuable knowledge regarding your sport, and being opportunistic at the right time. In the case of most athletes, success starts and stops between the ears.
You Rest, You Rust
No matter what job, sport, hobby or activity an individual enjoys - momentum plays a huge factor. Those athletes who train on a regular basis, will find that things come easier to them. It is one of the distinct advantages of maintaining a consistent training regimen.
Individuals who fail to train in the offseason will experience a double whammy! They will fail to take advantage of an opportunity to improve and they will be scrambling to get right for the next campaign. If you rest this offseason, make no mistake - you will rust!
Gaining on the Competition
Arguably the most exciting practice of every season is the opening workout of the year. This special time is an opportunity to see who has put in the work during the offseason, who has been complacent and what kind of gaps have been closed from one player to the next.
For fringe players or athletes who are looking to gain on the competition, the offseason is the absolute best opportunity to leapfrog your peers. If you were disappointed in last year’s results or have some tough competition ahead - utilize this valuable time to fine tune your game.
More details in the January 14th post HERE
Incorporate a New and Improved Regimen
The offseason is a great time to dig deep into your mechanics, because often times when an athlete retools their fundamentals, things get worse before they get better. It’s extremely difficult to endure a mechanical overhaul, but many times it’s necessary, particularly when a player faces stiffer competition and their fundamentals aren’t sustainable.
Trying to come up with a new and improved version of yourself in the midst of a season isn’t realistic, because there isn’t sufficient time and it can be mentally taxing; however, the offseason provides ample time and opportunity to undergo the long and winding road toward a new and improved player.
Diet with Purpose
The best modern day athletes have found the benefits of eating right and treating their body like a temple. It’s pretty rare to see an athlete in this day and age who doesn’t buy into the role that diet and nutrition plays in their success.
The offseason is a great time to make improvements to your diet - and to embark on a new plan to eat with a purpose. Those individuals who make nutrition a priority will find that they can train longer, harder and with better results than ever before.
Improve your Vision and “Slow the Game Down”
Vision is such an underrated factor in athletic success. Athletes in every sport imaginable depend on their vision for tracking, catching and/or hitting a moving object. A common denominator for many athletes is they have elite hand eye coordination. This is represented by an uncanny ability to process information from their eyes, to their mind and eventually to the body. Without vision, hand eye coordination simply doesn’t exist.
MaxBP has been a long-time partner with “Slow the Game Down,” a company that prides itself on helping athletes take their vision training to the next level. Players who incorporate MaxBP’s small ball training tactics, and utilize the methods of “Slow the Game Down” will have a newfound appreciation for the role the eyes play in athletic success.
In this day of travel ball and year-round athletic programs, it can be easy to get burnt out physically, mentally and emotionally. Everybody, even young athletes need time to rest and recover from a demanding schedule. So, how does an athlete work hard and smart?
MaxBP Reaction Training provides maximum repetition while having minimizing wear and tear on an athlete's body. Those individuals who train with MaxBP will find that the low impact training of hitting small ball wiffle balls will enable them to practice longer, harder and smarter.
Develop a Perfect Practice Routine
Legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi was adamant about his players getting the most out of their practice opportunities. He didn’t believe that simply showing up and going through the motions was enough, he expected his athletes to be 100 percent engaged.
Lombardi’s famous quote, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect,” should be used in all athletic endeavors, not just football. Utilizing time wisely and making the most of an opportunity should be a priority for players of all ages and abilities. If you’re going to take the time to engage in training, you might as well do it right!
Take Time to Enjoy the Ride
It’s important to remind yourself from time to time to stop and enjoy the ride. At times it can be difficult when you’re focused on training, results and lofty aspirations; however, at some point in time, every athlete fell in love with their respective sport, and ultimately that will be a driving force in their success.
Yes, there will be bumps along the way. The journey toward your goals will be full of trials and tribulations. But, make sure you take some time to enjoy the game you love. Engage in friendly competitions with teammates and training partners, rekindle that athletic spirit of your youth and play the game with joy.