Insider Tricks for First Time Athletes: Prepping Up For Your First Competition

By | December 2, 2014

Every athlete wants to become a champion. Before the competition, they work hard on their bodies, practice discipline in their routines and try their best to achieve victory.

Now that it’s your time to compete in your first event, you’re nervous of what might happen. Of course, you want to be victorious too. But you don’t know if you can earn the trophyon your first game. Hey, quit that negative thought and believe that you can do it.As what other people say, it’s all in the mind. And if you need more tips to become a winner, then you should take note of the tips below.

Assess your strengths and weaknesses.

Do you know your own set of strengths and weaknesses? If you haven’t, then it’s time to take note of what you can do and what you need to develop. You have to know where you stand in the game, if you want to win. To make this simple, ask yourself critically: what are you good at? Look into your skills and assess your weaknesses. Get the opinion of your coach and work on his suggestions. Don’t forget to write down everything you’ve known to avoid forgetting it. Then create a plan on how to bolster your vulnerabilities and develop your strengths.

Adjust your schedule accordingly.

Time is an investment when you’re prepping yourself for a competition. That is why,you have to balance your schedule for training without sacrificing other important activities. Of course, you’ll have to allocate more time for physical training, practicing new moves and meeting with your trainer. You might also spend time researching relevant data for your game. However, you shouldn’t deprive yourself from family time, socialization and relaxation.Think that proper scheduling is an impossible task? Not really. All you have to do is list your activities, plot your schedule and avoid procrastination.

Prepare your physique.

Months before the competition, don’t laze around. Make sure your body is ready for the physical activities and the strain of the upcoming season. Ask your trainer if you can increase the intensity of your workout routine to increase stamina and endurance. And don’t even think that practicing your competition moves is a form of exercise. Remember that these two are different activities designed to help you achieve various results. Lastly, don’t ignore any pain that you feel during your training; it might be a sign that something is wrong in your body. As an athlete, you can differentiate the pain from working out and the harmful type of soreness. So, if you’re having some problems like back pain, then perhaps you should read relevant reading materials on how to eliminate back pain.

Have a balanced diet.

You are what you eat. Therefore, you need to eat a balanced diet if you want to build a healthy and fit body. For instance, you should eat enough carbohydrates to supply your body with glucose to power your energy levels. You should also stock on fats to fuel your energy longer and to help keep your endurance. Most importantly, make sure you have consumed enough protein to build and repair damaged muscles during your training.If you don’t know what to do, you can ask the professional advice of a nutritionist. He or she will create a diet that would suit your needs and preferences.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or tenth competition. Just erase the pressure off your mind and try to focus on improving your skills. And try to remember these helpful tidbits of preparation before your first game. Go for gold!

Written by Jill Bennett is a Book Marketing Specialist atLitFire Publishing, a company based in Atlanta, Georgia.