Athletes in all sports go through training and competition cycles. Many team sports have single peaking seasons, while most individual sports feature several “major” events in a year that top athletes will prioritize. Professional bowlers might target PBA majors, while amateur bowlers might target specific large events in their area. To peak for these events, bowlers should spend several weeks following this general process:

  • Start slow: After a break where you’ve spent less time on the lanes, don’t push too hard in your first week back.
  • Build capacity: Increase your training load to surpass the needs of the tournament. Training for an eight-gamer? Make sure you can bowl up to 10 games at a high level.
  • Taper it off: In the week before a big event, reduce your training to minimum amounts so that your body and mind are fresh for competition.