Everything is better stronger. Having a foundation of strength allows you to bounce back quickly whether that is bouncing back from a serious injury or another hard day of training. It’s the foundation of strength that helps in making one better able to handle the stress that occurs on the body.
Strength training is used for many different variables – the most common being the enhancement of athletic performance, injury prevention, and the building of confidence.
• Performance: To regain and continue to elevate performance, strength training enables both the rebuilding of strength in the muscles associated with the injury and improves the mobility in the surrounding area, but also supports a balanced return to activity.
• Injury Prevention: It may seem like stating the obvious, but proper rehab is of the utmost importance to ensuring post-injury health and safety.
• Confidence: Knowing that your body is ready/prepared to reengage in competition/activity will support greater confidence as you get back in the game. The rehab process requires and reinforces a mental strength that serves athletes at any level in all areas of their lives.
One benefit of strength training that is often overlooked is resiliency. Resiliency is defined as being able to recover quickly from difficult conditions or able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. As we know, in life and sport we cannot prevent all unfortunate circumstances, and injuries do occur. Resiliency is what will help you get back in action and rise strong from those unexpected falls.
On December 4, 2015 my best friend and midfielder, Megan Rapinoe, of the US Women’s National Soccer team tore her ACL. She has since undergone surgery and is currently in recovery. Strength training will play a big role in her way back to the soccer field and achieving her goal of playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
To support her and engage friends and fans in offering encouragement and inspiration #RepsForRapinoe was created.
#RepsForRapinoe is also a fun reminder that by engaging in strength training, you are contributing to your own foundation when it comes to performance, health, confidence and resiliency.
So here’s how it works: For the next 3 weeks I will be posting 2 videos a week of me performing some of my favorite strength training exercises to encourage Megan. You can either perform the same exercises or come up with your own.
1) Post a video of yourself performing a strength training exercise and donate a few of your reps to Megan’s recovery
2) Tag me (@lorilindsey6) and (@mrapinoe) in your video
3) Hashtag #RepsForRapinoe
4) Show us what you got!
Excited to have you a part of this!