As an athlete, you tend to monitor your progress using a tape measure, measuring how fast you have ran or by how you look in the mirror, but have you really reached the heights that you can achieve through optimal performance?
What we see on the outside may be great but what is going on inside your body?
An improvement in a runners speed or being able to lift more weight on a deadlift usually indicates there in an improved bio-marker in the blood.
Training and events / match days don’t always go as well as we have planned as we get tired, lack motivation and struggle to recover after an injury. This can be caused by an imbalance of hormones and / or nutrients due to having too many supplements. Over training leads to stress on the body because you are not getting enough recovery if any.
You need to know what is happening inside your body so that you can get a better understanding of why you are not performing to your full capabilities.
Have you ever considered a health check?
Monitoring baseline markers throughout training cycles will enable you to make the changes you need so that you can get the most out of your training, recovery and your nutrition by putting better systems in place.
5 key areas that are important for athletes at any level to monitor so that you can give your best in every performance and also be in better health are;
These are important for building muscle and burning fat. Your hormones can also affect your mood and levels of motivation.
Low levels of testosterone for example could well identify why you are finding it harder to have that lean physique that you crave because you cant shift that final bit of body fat.
The body sees exercise as a stressor and during this, encourages the release of cortisol which helps regulate processes such as metabolism and the body’s immune response and can lead to muscle breakdown and interfere with muscular development.
Endurance athletes tend to be low in testosterone, so by increasing their strength training could help raise their testosterone levels.
So, as an athlete, having a better understanding of your hormone levels can have an influence on your levels of performance.
The thyroid is the gland that conducts your metabolism. If it is too low then you are going to struggle to get up the stairs and find yourself out of breath quickly, so your chances of completing a 10K run are highly unlikely. On the other hand, if the thyroid gland is too high then you will start to get nervous and have difficulty sleeping. So, by having an under active thyroid could explain why your struggling to shred those final few lbs.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein that is used as a marker of inflammation in the body. Causes of inflammation include high intensity sports training which raises CRP levels. If you don’t allow enough recovery time during or post exercise then the CRP levels will be high, needles to say that by allowing appropriate recovery periods, then the levels of CRP in the blood reduce.
It is really important as an athlete that you monitor this so that you get a good work / rest balance and reduce risk of injury.
Train With Honor have teamed up with Medichecks and can provide discounted rates on self testing and also arrange for a nurse to come to you (dependant on blood test) so that we can get to know what is happening inside as well as out so that we can enhance your performance levels.
To find the best programme and testing available to you get in touch https://trainwithhonor.co.uk/contact/ and lets arrange a free call to discuss your vision and implement some key points to your programme.