#63 - How can I build stamina to bowl more overs?

QUESTION

How can I build stamina to bowl more overs?


ANSWER

Hey,

Bowling specific stamina comes down to bowling! You can build your endurance threshold in the gym and in fitness sessions, but you need to bowl to build your stamina.

Don’t go and bowl 20 overs straight away. Like anything, you must progressively overload your bowling sessions to (1) avoid injury and (2) maintain high quality of your work.

Tino Best gave us some great insight on how he prepares for a Test Match – we will upload that Pace Bite in the near future or you can find it in his podcast on our website.

Here is a generic example of how you can introduce progressive overload your bowling sessions:

Week 1:

3 bowling sessions in the week

Session 1: 1 spell of 4 overs

Session 2: 1 spell of 5 overs

Session 3: 2 spells of 3 overs


Week 2:

2 bowling sessions in the week

Session 1: 2 spells of 4 overs

Session 2: 2 spells of 5 overs


Week 3:

3 bowling sessions in the week

Session 1: 2 spells of 5 overs

Session 2: 3 spells of 4 overs

Session 3: 2 spells of 6 overs


Bowling is also an exercise and the more you tinker with your loads – the more adversely your body will respond and adapt. That is exactly what you want; to be able to handle whatever loads come your way in a match!

I hope that helps.

All the best.


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