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Tips From
the Pro.

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Throughout his many years of amateur, college, and professional athletics, Dr. Andy McMarlin has learned many secrets and tips along the way that can help athletes at any level.

 
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Eating

  • Load up on carbs for exercises or events lasting over 1 hour

  • Get plenty of protein, but don’t overdo it (1.5grams for every 1 kilogram of body weight daily)

  • Ease up on the fats, particularly animal fats

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

  • Replace lost electrolytes

Stretching

  • Stretch AFTER exercise, not before

  • Use low-intensity dynamic movements to warm up

  • Don’t overstretch

  • Don’t bounce when stretching

  • Check your technique with a coach or experienced training partner

Off-Season

  • Define your expectations and set a timeline of goals for the next season

  • Take it easy; resist the urge to overdo it

  • Build a base of strength and aerobic capacity

  • Do speed work year round (more frequently in-season, monthly in beginning of off-season)

  • Focus on improving your weak points

Recovery

  • SLEEP!

  • The more intense or long the training session, the more rest you’ll need to recover adequately
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