Detraining. What is it? How to prevent it.

Detraining is a term used to describe decrements in strength, power, and stamina associated with periods of non-training or prolonged rest periods throughout the training cycle. In addition, the absence of training can also lead to an increased risk of injury, loss of flexibility, and require a longer period of recovery time between exercise bouts. At CW Fitness Inc., every athlete has a certain list of core exercises in their training module.

The year-round program is broken down into in-season, off-season, pre-season and transitional phases. In each segment of the program, training volume and intensity are adjusted to meet the needs and deficiencies of the individual athlete. In addition, each athlete gets specific attention with daily changes to the routine to ensure the best possible results. In other words, a baseball player may receive a specific shoulder capsule-strength sequence and a football player may perform a neck strengthening sequence. The best way to avoid detraining is to be involved in a year-round strength and conditioning program that involves transitional phases and active recovery phases to eliminate the detrimental effects of “no training” during the competitive season.

Chad Waelchli MS, CSCS, SPARQ

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