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The Essential Guide to Maintaining Peak Performance During Rodeo Season

Hey everyone, Doug Champion here from Champion Living Fitness. Today, we're diving into why in-season workouts are crucial and how you can stay in top shape even when you're constantly on the road with minimal equipment. If you've been tuning into our podcast or following our content, you know we're huge advocates for training year-round. But let's face it—training during the season is a whole different ball game compared to the off-season.

The Challenges of In-Season Training:
When you're in the thick of the rodeo season, routines get thrown out the window. You're sleeping in different beds, not getting enough shut-eye, and the stress levels can skyrocket. It's a grind, no doubt about it. But that's exactly why it's so important to stick to your training. We need to maintain the strength and mobility we've built up in the off-season to stay competitive and avoid injuries.

Understanding the In-Season Training Philosophy:
Sticking to your training regimen during the rodeo season is essential for sustaining your performance and keeping injuries at bay. Unlike off-season training, which is all about building strength and conditioning, in-season training focuses on preserving those gains and ensuring your body can handle the demands of competition.

Key Components of In-Season Training:
Flexibility and Mobility:
Injury prevention is key. Make daily stretching and mobility work a non-negotiable part of your routine. Tools like foam rollers and lacrosse balls can help relieve muscle tension and keep you flexible.

Practical Tips for Training on the Road:
Minimal Equipment Workouts:
Resistance bands, kettlebells, and bodyweight exercises can be highly effective.
Here’s a quick circuit you can do anywhere: push-ups, squats, lunges, and band rows.

Utilize Available Resources:
Make the most of hotel gyms, local parks, and rest stops for quick workouts.
Even if it's just 20-30 minutes a day, fit it into your travel schedule.

Recovery Strategies:
Prioritize sleep whenever possible. Earplugs and eye masks can be game-changers for improving sleep quality. Stay hydrated and focus on good nutrition to aid recovery. Carry healthy snacks and keep an eye on your diet.

Training during the rodeo season might require some creativity and flexibility, but it's absolutely essential for maintaining peak performance and preventing injuries. By incorporating strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and flexibility exercises into your routine, you can stay strong and competitive all season long. Remember, consistency is key. Stay committed to your training, even on the road, and you'll see the benefits in your performance. Keep grinding and stay safe out there!

Sample Workout:
A) Every 2 minutes x 10 minutes- Complete 5 Broad jumps.
B) 2-3 sets: For Quality Reps
30 seconds ON; Low Switch Cossack Squats
Rest 30 seconds
30 seconds ON; Side Plank Rotations
Rest 30 seconds
15 seconds ON/side; Isometric Mini Band Hip Flexor Hold
Rest 60 seconds before restarting the next round.
C) 2 sets: For Quality Reps
20 sec/side ON; Isometric Lunge Hold
Rest 30 seconds
10 reps Forearm Yoga Push Up
Rest 30 seconds
8 reps/side BirdDog
Rest 30 seconds
8 reps/side DeadBug
Rest 60-90 seconds
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