Consistency is Key, by Annika Ermold

Hello everyone, I wanted to write about something somewhat personal to me and something I feel can be useful for all athletes. Being consistent with training was something that I started going into my ninth grade year, and with that consistency I feel that it has brought some superior results in all aspects of my training. Athletes need to train consistently year round for their sport because they will be able to practice more, have more areas for development and growth, and better progressions and advancements since they are just focusing on one sport throughout the year.

First, athletes must train consistently year round for their certain sport because they will have the ability to practice more. Since they will only be focused on one sport, they can devote all of their time and passion to get better. This can end up leading to better results for the actual season because the athlete has spent the whole year training for the season, and not just one or two months. I personally have felt this myself, another reason why I wanted to write an article. After giving up all of my sports to continue track and field, I started practicing 5-6 days a week for the offseason, which meant that I had more time to really dial in on all aspects of training so that I could continue to keep getting better. Because of having more time to practice, I was/am able to make good progress, which in return made me feel better about training almost everyday. If an athlete is not willing to put in the work and effort in the offseason, they will most likely not do as well as they want to during the actual season because they did not devote anything to make themselves better while others did. With that being said, more practice time can lead to better growth and development, which is a huge aspect in wanting to get better in a certain sport.

Second, athletes must train consistently throughout the year for their sport because they will in return have more areas for development and growth. More time means that certain areas of weakness can be worked on, and areas of strength can also continue to be developed. Because there is more time to practice, this means that more precise things can be worked on in the offseason while other areas will be focused on during the actual season. For me personally during the offseason (which runs June-November), I mainly tend to focus on making technical improvements while increasing my strength levels. During this time, I try to not focus on how far I am throwing, but more making the changes that will help me when the season arrives in full swing. When the actual season arrives, I tend to switch to one or two cues to focus on, with them not being so major because I do not want to change things too much once the season starts. I train the same in season and off season, practicing about five days a week, and this consistently has allowed me to continue to make strength and technical gains.

Lastly, athletes must train year round consistently for their sport because they in return will have better progressions and advancements. More practice means better improvements, which in return will lead to either greater distances or faster times. Training around five days a week year round for sure will lead to greater advancements, because more time means more improvement, which in return will lead to greater results. For me personally, this affected me greatly. When I first started training, I was still in basketball mode, so I was not as consistent and did not make the greatest improvements. Once I gave up basketball and fully focused on track, I saw the giant progressions I had made just from training at least five times a week.

From my freshman year to junior year, I have improved seven feet in the shot put and thirty-seven feet in the discus, which are both good improvements. These improvements have happened because I worked consistently and stayed the course, which in return led to good improvements over the years. My biggest thing that athletes reading this should take away, training consistently over a couple of years will eventually lead to huge improvements, it takes time, but it is all worth it once you see how far you have come from when you started until now.

To conclude, training consistently year round for a sport will help improve performances in all areas of the sport, which in return will lead to faster times or further distances. Stay the course for a couple of years, and you might just surprise yourself with how well things turn out. All the years of hard work and dedication will be worth it after the final result is displayed.