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Training Your Way to Greatness

When we look back on the 2016 Carifta Games, it always sparks a heartwarming smile when we remember the astounding performance of the 500+ young athletes from 26 countries across the Caribbean region. The look of determination and concentration on their faces is so vivid in our mind and gives us and aspiring athletes a sense of purpose as we strive for progress each day.
We love hosting these regional sporting events at the National Athletics Stadium and we want to see bigger and better Athletes compete on our track and field for many years to come. We know that training and juggling your school, work and social life isn’t easy, so we’ve decided to share a few tips that we hope all aspiring athletes take on board.

Adopt the Right Mindset

‘The key to becoming someone who makes winning a normal course of action is to adopt the mentality of a winner – a mentality that people who achieve greatness maintain consistently’ – Tom Bartow
From the time you wake up in the morning to heavy eyelids at night, constantly remind yourself that you have the potential to achieve greatness. Read motivational speeches and stories from other sports men and women you aspire to, surround yourself with people who have a ‘go-getter’ attitude and speak positivity into your life. There will always be someone faster or feistier than you so don’t let that consume your mind. Focus on organising your life in a way that will enhance your performance, such as eating healthy and on time, getting enough sleep and setting aside time for the things that make you laugh till your belly hurts.


Prepare to Train

The right warm-up can have a huge impact on your performance on the track and help you to improve your overall ability to compete when it really matters. Warm ups prepare your body for a race by increasing your heart rate, breathing rate and the blood flow around your muscles. As you prepare to train you will notice that starting with a good warm up will loosen your muscles and tendons and allow you to push harder while avoiding any risk of injury. It’s important to give yourself enough time to warm up before the start of a race or intense training, so set aside 30 to 40 minutes. We guarantee that following a disciplined routine like this will help you build your energy and stamina in a shorter time frame and allow you to maintain a relaxed and ready demeanor against stiff competition.

Eat Healthy

What you do on the track and field is just as important as what you do off track. The right carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats can give you the fuel you need to maintain energy while you train and compete during a race. Carbohydrates regulate your blood sugar and glycogen levels which helps to prevent muscle fatigue. Healthy fats restore fatty acids that your body uses as an energy source and protein helps to rebuild and repair tissues. Here are 10 foods and supplements we recommend you add to your shopping list to help you reach your goal to becoming an unbeatable athlete.

Oatmeal / Nuts / Bananas / Oranges / Sweet Potatoes / Olive Oil / Coconut Oil / Salmon / Flax Seed / Tuna / Eggs /

If you enjoyed reading this blog post, we regularly share advice and tips on our Facebook page for aspiring sports men and women or anyone who is trying to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. Like our Facebook page to keep updated.

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