Increased Vertical

We recently had two volleyball players come test their verticals with us a few weeks ago when we were able to re-open again due to the pandemic.  Both girls have been training with us for over 5 years, through our group classes, private training, SAC and yoga classes. Both girls play club volleyball and unfortunately, their season got cut short in March, leaving them to “rest” for over 2 months.

The funny thing is, when they both came in they said, “I haven’t been training like normal, so this might be bad.” But when they least expected it, they both set NEW PRs! We all stopped and looked again, re-tested, and re-measured just to make sure because of the huge increase in their vertical, both adding 2-3 inches to their last testing. And as soon as we confirmed their new verticals, we knew exactly why this happened.

They rested. They allowed their bodies to truly recover.

Logan touched 10’4.5” and Trinity touched 10” both setting new PR’s and making us all so proud! These girls deserve the world through their perseverance, dedication, and determination and I cannot tell you how happy I am they were forced to rest to really understand the benefits of it.

Rest is important for athletes

Volleyball seasons are long and hard on the body. There are no scheduled rest days for months at a time. It is a fun and competitive sport, but it is tough on the body, especially youth female athletes, who are growing and need rest. Rest is something so important for performance and growth and is often overlooked and left out of training programs.

These girls rested, and it showed. Rest does not mean being lazy. It means allowing your body to recover each week even through various recovery techniques, to allow the body to come back stronger. We have been saying this for years. LET YOUR BODY RECOVER and you will be a better athlete. The key is making sure you are training hard, but still taking time to rest each week.

How to Start Incorporating Rest

At Yoga Athletex, one of our 3 pillars of performance, is RESTORE. We encourage resting and recovery through various training modalities. Rest to us, means you are taking care of your body to come back stronger the next day. 

Being an athlete means training every single day. That is the case, but there are so many modalities of training that are available and needed. Training your body and training your mind are equally as important. Training through yoga, breathwork, and meditation is a great place to start. 

Check out all the sport-specific on-demand content on YAX Online to get some rest.

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