The 5 Rules of Peaking Before a Tournament
1) No Excessive Training
2) No Overtraining
3) Consistency Is Key
4) A Few Weeks Off From Competition Will Help You To Focus On Your Goals Again
5) Do Not Train Too Much During The Week Before Your Competition. This Can Cause Harmful Effects For Your Body And Mind!
Peaking Before a Tournament (Plus a 6-Week Plan)
I am going to share with you my plan to peak for your next tournament. I will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare yourself mentally and physically for your upcoming competition. If you follow these rules, it will not only make your life easier but also help you achieve your goals faster!
First of all, let’s start off by defining what peaking means: “Peak” is defined as “the point at which a person or animal reaches its maximum physical performance.”
So, when we are talking about peaking before a tournament, we mean getting ready mentally and physically for your upcoming competition. Let me explain further…
No Excessive Training – There are two types of excessive training: overtraining and undertraining. Overtraining occurs when you do too much work during one session and then fail to recover properly from it because you did not rest enough between sessions. Over time, this will start to take it’s toll on your body and you will start to get extremely sore after every training session.
This is obviously not ideal for an athlete who needs his/her muscles to perform at their best during a competition! On the other hand, undertraining is just as bad because you will not be working your body hard enough to reach your maximum potential. This usually occurs when you are doing the same routine over and over again and your body adapts to it, so you stop seeing improvements.
So what is the solution?
Consistency Is Key – The best way to reach your full potential is to be consistent with everything you do in training. You should not only have a specific routine for your training sessions, but also a general outline of what you do on a daily basis outside of training as well. This means getting a proper amount of rest and eating right. The more consistent you are with your training the better results you will see in the long-run.
A Few Weeks Off From Competition Will Help You To Focus On Your Goals Again – I know a lot of people get excited about competing and it can become an addiction, but you have to remember that you are doing this for fun and as a challenge, not because it is something that defines who you are. Sometimes taking a break from competing can give you a new perspective and re-invigorate your passion for training again. Of course, if there is a competition that comes up that is so close that you know you will absolutely be ready for it, by all means compete!
But, a few weeks before the competition I highly recommend that you stop all tough physical training and just do some light exercise until the day of the competition. This will help your body and mind both prepare and recover better for the day of the competition. If you are used to grappling several times a week in training, I would recommend that you stop this 1-2 weeks before the competition and just do some light drilling or physical activity instead.
You know your own body and mind best so you will be able to tell when you are starting to get burnt out. Sometimes it is good to step back and take a breather before you destroy your body and mental well-being. Remember, you can only compete at your peak level for a few years before you will have to retire from the competition scene.
Take it from me, there are many other things you can still do in life even when your grappling days are over. Of course, the best scenario is that you are winning all of your competitions and you never have to worry about this day coming :-).
With these tips, I hope you see better results in your grappling career and have as much fun as I do!
P.S. Of course, this all goes out the window when you get to the higher levels of competition because everyone is good and knows how to rest properly between sessions, but this can apply to anyone who is an “advanced beginner” level and beyond.
In case you missed it, the first article I wrote on this subject was ” The Mental Game Of Grappling “.
Other Articles You May Be Interested In:
” Building The Mental Muscle For Grappling Success “
” How To Pick The Right Training Partners “
Are You Training For Success Or Failure?
” Tapology: Understanding The Language Of Jiu-Jitsu “
” The Mental Game Of Grappling “
” The Importance Of Building A Support System For Your Grappling Career “
” Developing A Positive Mindset For Training “
” Develop A True Competitive Mindset “
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