Readiness to Train

Holly Ewens-Smith

6 Nov 2022

6 Ways to Improve Your Readiness To Train

Have you ever walked into a session with razor sharp focus, you’re more determined than ever to start your session and you know you’re about to nail every aspect of your program. What about the opposite? You get to the gym and feel flat, you realize you’ve left your gear at home, you’re feeling tired, dreading warming up let alone actually getting into your main lifts.


How does this sensation of readiness to train impact your session?


Is this a factor you consider going into each session?


I’m going to discuss the benefits of recording your readiness to train as well as ways to improve it and best report it.


Our athletes use a scale from 0 (not ready) to 10 (very ready) to rate their readiness ahead of their session. We have received feedback from athletes that analyzing and noting their readiness has helped them to make better choices during their training sessions by bringing it to the forefront of their mind. As a result, the athlete may make conscious and subconscious decisions to find ways to improve this score each session.


It also gives our coaches additional information to consider when checking in with the athlete and tracking their progress. We are able to find trends in the athletes performance in relation to their perceived readiness which could help us optimize our programming approach.


Rating your readiness to train may help bring important factors to the forefront of your mind with the potential to increase session quality and consistency. Take it into consideration and see the benefits for yourself. See some ways to increase this score below!


Ways to improve your readiness to train:


  • You have your program and have looked through the upcoming session

  • You had a quality sleep the night prior

  • You’re hydrated

  • You’ve had a meal or your ‘optimal’ amount of fuel prior to your session

  • You have all of your gear with you

  • You’ve warmed up well


Rating your readiness to train may help bring important factors to the forefront of your mind with the potential to increase session quality and consistency. Take it into consideration and see the benefits for yourself.