Sport Science: How Your State Determines Your Ability To Gain Benefits from Training
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In summary: stimulus - regulation - response.
Your ability to adapt to stimuli has implications on how well you adapt to said stimuli. This means the quality of your results can depend on how well your body is able to adapt to your training.
Thus, it's important to consider the state that you're in. If your state is off (maybe due to partying, sleep deficits, stress, etc.), your adaptation is going to be off. What does this mean? Your cost of doing business is going to be high. Your performance might also suffer.
So if your body is going to prioritize adaptation to the stressor (exercise), what resources and energy will it potentially have to pull from (hormones, neurotransmitters, etc.) in order to adapt to the imposed demands of your training loads? If your state is sub-optimal, this becomes a concern.
What's more? Practice makes perfect. For more nuanced aspects of training, such as those that require a high amount of motor learning (i.e. training athleticism, sport-specific techniques, etc.), a sub-optimal state might result in a compromised ability of rate coding. This means that your neuromuscular control could be off and your practice might actually make you worse, if you're reinforcing shit quality movement patterns.
So does this mean you can't train at all? What if you have to fit in your sessions for the week? This is especially important in the athletic realm.
If you're using Omegawave, this means that perhaps something like power or motor skill work is off the table, but perhaps you could still get in your aerobic work (conditioning/cardio) or anaerobic work (resistance training). Then you do what you can and wait until you're good to go to do your initial planned session of, say, plyometrics. If you don't have access to quantifiable metrics, don't worry-your subjective feeling, as well as your coach's or trainer's intuition-based off of given information (sleep, diet, stress, etc.) is sufficient. There are even breath techniques to assist this, which we can go over in a personalized health/fitness/athlete consult, as well.
Another consideration is that you can affect these metrics. For example, I've seen folks who are in a sympathetic state of dominance in their nervous system (too much fight or flight). If I want them to come back down to a parasympathetic state (rest & digest/restore), I might have them do some targeted breathwork (or perhaps a short meditation in a dark room) to baseline them.
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