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How to stay on top of your game over the winter break

December 16, 2016

After a crazy 16 weeks on campus, you’ve just officially finished a long semester in the classroom, weight room and competition. As you finally lay back in your own bed back home, I will rattle off some tips on how to stay on top of your game over the five- six-week break and come back to campus ready to dominate.

Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.

I’m a lifetime advocate of this particular mannequin challenge, where you lay in bed and catch up on your Z’s. Sleep is the best way for your body to recover and recharge from the rigors of academics and athletics. I’m certain that all college student-athletes, at some point during the semester, are sleep deprived. This is a great opportunity for you to catch up on your beauty sleep.

Keep getting your workouts in.

Having a long break back at home doesn’t mean the work ends! There are many gyms in the area who will provide a package for college students who are around for a short amount of time. You should be able to continue your training program through Teambuildr. While the training environment isn’t the same as RIT’s Tiger Den, keep in mind that many of your rivals and competitors are doing the same so they can beat you when the season rolls in!


We live in a wonderful time where the internet can be used as a valuable asset! Jump on Facebook, connect with a high school teammate or someone who’s playing at the college level nearby, shoot them a message and see if you all can train together. You’d be surprised by the kind of response. From my personal experience, everyone’s always looking to train together. I was able to get my workouts, swings, and running in with fellow baseball players from the area. Intercollegiate athletics is truly a wonderful fraternity to be a part of, everyone’s seeking to improve each other as well as themselves.

Get creative.

There might be scenarios where you won’t be able to do any of the above. Maybe there aren’t any gyms nearby, everyone’s busy for the break, and so on…so think of something! For me, I decided to throw on some winter gear and start shoveling snow, chop up firewood and run around with my dogs. I was sweating like crazy by the end of it all. When I was younger, I decided to turn my garage into a batting cage by hanging up a rug on the ceiling so the ball doesn’t bounce back when I hit baseballs off the tee. I’ve seen stories like Sidney Crosby practicing his hockey shots into a laundromat, and so on.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you back on campus next year!