Doctor, dentist, lawyer, accountant, engineer… What do Lin Dan, Peter Gade and Lee Chong Wei have in common with these people? They’re all professionals. While these players haven’t gone to school to study badminton like a doctor went to medical school, they do take their sport very seriously. I can assure you that Peter Gade looks at badminton as his job, and has done so since he was 18 or 19 years old. This could very well be the number one most important thing that separates someone like Peter Gade, from some national level player.
How does someone treat badminton professionally? Here are a few things to consider:
-Missing practice is not an option
-Plan your tournament schedule with purpose
-Collaborate with others that are professionals in areas you need help (trainers, physiotherapy, nutrition etc)
-Train multiple times a day (two on court sessions, and one off court session typically)
-Cut back on the partying (like to go out for junk food, or drinks with friends?? not anymore)
Basically it boils down to discipline. If you expect to be a professional badminton player, you need to be a professional. For another analogy, I would look at yourself as a business. Your business is to become a great badminton player, and hopefully start winning money, and getting sponsors, and of course winning for all that glory and personal satisfaction. However, you can’t be knowledgeable about everything that you need to do. This is where you need to start collaborating with other professionals. Get lessons with an excellent coach. Have a professional trainer make up a training program for you after telling them what your fitness and strength goals are. Speak with a nutritionist about developing an athletic diet so you can make sure that you are putting the right kind of fuel into your body. This is the reason why the same countries succeed in badminton consistently. It’s not necessarily because they have more talent, or badminton specific knowledge. It’s because they have the support structures in place to help their athletes focus on what they do best, play badminton. Leave the other stuff to other professionals.
This is very difficult if you are doing it all on your own. It can be expensive to work with a trainer everyday. The same goes for a nutritionist. But you could just get them to give you a monthly program, then next month get another one done. If you’re serious about succeeding in badminton you will need to invest time and unfortunately some money into developing yourself as a player, talent can’t solve everything.
Here at BVM we are working on providing some tools for aspiring players to help them cut back on the costs of developing quality training programs, and hopefully these tools will help players that don’t have government funding to be able to excel without spending hundreds of dollars every month on trainers and private lessons. There is of course no substitute for in person coaching, but having a world champion as a mentor will certainly help.
For more information on our training program visit BadmintonLife.com