Athletes stay motivated through their offseasons

Luis Cruz ‘15 runs on the Staples indoor track during his off season to prepare for outdoor track and field.

Luis Cruz ‘15 runs on the Staples indoor track during his off season to prepare for outdoor track and field.

Ivy Prince

Many people think that once a sport’s season is over, so are their workouts. However little do they know, the majority of athletes take their break as a time to improve.

Luis Cruz ‘15, a varsity runner for the Track and Field team, is known to be one of the fastest athletes on the team. His determination to do well not only motivates him to improve during his season off, but he sets goals for himself so that he can come back to track just as good as when he left.

“In the offseason I run a lot more mileage and my workouts, I feel, are much harder since they deal with endurance rather than speed,” Cruz said.

Not only is this tactic used for runners, but for swimmers as well. Lily Dane ‘17, a junior varsity swimmer for Staples, also tries to workout on her own more, and focus on what she can improve on during the off season.

Although Dane is a swimmer and it’s harder to improve that sport while on dry land, staying fit with workouts while out of the water can still help. “My off season workout is a lot different than during my swim season. Since my off season is in winter I mainly spin at joyride so it’s more dry land rather than swimming in a pool,” Dane said.

For lacrosse, Staples athlete Sara Parower ‘17 stays ahead of the game, going to indoor clinics to work on her skills, as well as going to spin classes with her team. “To stay motivated I try to think about the goals I want to accomplish that day whether it be doing a certain amount of push ups or doing a fast sprint,” Parower said.

Athletes who train during their time off clearly is shown with their improvement in their next sports season.