Taekwondo is perhaps one of the hardest Martial Arts sports there is, and Taekwondo Training is one of the hardest training types you are going to find in with world of Martial Arts sport. Being an Olympic Sport has meant that the level of Taekwondo all over the world has improved, as every country, big and small, as looked to increase their chances of winning medals at World and Olympic Level.
If you are an aspiring international Taekwondo Athlete, you need to be able to train hard, train for long times and train often. Here are 5 top tips for you to be able to do that at any level you want to.
- Improve Sprint Fitness
Improving your fitness is necessary in all sports, not just Taekwondo. But what most people do not realize is that Taekwondo is a Sprint Sport, not an endurance sport. Instead of running for hours and hours, you need to concentrate on your sprint speed.
Running 100m, 200m and 400m sprints not only make you fitter, they also make your kicking faster. Once you become good at sprinting these distances, your fitness will improve, your bodyfat will drop even more and your kicking speed will also increase. All good things for a Taekwondo athlete.
- Take Enough Protein
Taking protein, either in the form of meat or in a protein shake, is necessary for all Taekwondo athletes. Protein is the building blocks for muscle. When you train, you break down your muscle and in order to train harder, longer and more often, you need to repair your muscles quickly and recuperate fast.A protein drink after training is ideal.
Also having a higher protein meal an hour or 2 after that is good for you too. You need to have enough protein in your system for your body to be able to repair itself. If there is not enough protein, then your body starts to eat itself, taking protein from muscles in your own body.
Now this might seem a bit obvious for Taekwondo athletes, but many do not realize the importance that stretching has for recuperation. When you stretch, you not only get the blood into your muscles to flush away all the waste products of your training, but it also brings in nutrients and protein to help it recuperate even quicker. Tight muscles take longer to recover from training. By stretching them you improve the blood flow to them, making it easier to get good stuff in, and bad stuff out.
- Visualize Yourself Fitter
Now this may seem a bit Woo Woo, but it has actually been proven that people who visualize themselves successfully training and winning actually increase the likelihood of doing it dramatically. When you visualize at night time, just before going to sleep, you are actually telling your subconscious mind what to do your body while you are sleeping.
If you have trained a lot, you are programming your mind to repair your body and muscles quicker because you are expecting what it is you visualized. If you visualized winning a championships or tournament, or even a sparring session in your Taekwondo School, you mind will be programmed to recuperate your body quicker because you told it to.
- Get Quality Sleep
We all need sleep. When we sleep we recuperate and repair our bodies from training. Sleep is necessary for your success in training. If we do not recuperate we over train and we are not effective in training or competition. By getting quality sleep, we give our bodies that extra boost it needs to be able to train harder, longer and more often.
By visualizing before we go to sleep, we also increase our chances of getting quality sleep.So these two combined have an even better effect together than if we did them separately. The higher the quality of sleep, the less need we have for spending time in bed. That means we can do more in the day, and we are actually refreshed when we wake up. Quality sleep also makes us happy too, so it is very important indeed!
With these simple steps you can improve your training performance a lot. This overview will help you get an understanding of what you need to do.
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