Physical training is no doubt the most important factor concerning sports performance. However, the evaluation of this training should not be overlooked.
The evaluation of your training is essentially how your training is currently going, what you’re currently doing well, and what can be improved.
But why is it important to evaluate your training? What can be achieved from this?
Regularly evaluating your training allows you to monitor your progress, regardless of your sport. Not only does witnessing progress increase motivation, but this allows us to set new goals to work on weaknesses/areas that require greater improvement.
The more aware we are of these weaknesses/areas that require more focus, the better we will be at our sport.
Evaluate your training at regular intervals
Regularly evaluating your training is essential. This allows you to see if any progress has been made since your previous evaluation, whether that’s one week, one month, or one year.
At a minimum, we recommend evaluating your training at least once a month, ideally once every two weeks.
The more consistent you are with this, the better.
When evaluating, you should look back on your previous evaluation, whether that’s your 100m time, dribbling skill, how many push-ups you can do, or your bench press personal best.
From here, you want to set new short-term goals for your next evaluation. For example, it may be beating your personal best for either of the movements mentioned above.
Ask a second opinion
Often, we tend to skew the evaluation of our own training, for better or worse. Alongside your own evaluation, ask a friend, family member, of teammate to evaluate this for you. Ask them what you’re good at and what could be improved.
It’s important not to share the results of your evaluation prior to this. This allows for a non-bias approach.
Remember, the more open and honest this evaluation, the better. This allows you to target areas of your sport that you are weaker at, allowing you to get better.
So, be sure to pick a trusted teammate, friend, family member, or workout buddy for the best results.
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