Hi all, I'd like your input on badminton training schedules. I'd be especially eager to hear competing athletes' take on this matter. I'm sorry, this is going to be a long post with lots of questions, but I'll try to extract the questions in order for them to be easy for you to answer. I've been trying to wrap my head around this, but I feel like I am unable to find good opinions on this matter and I could really use some help. So I think we all agree that to really become good in badminton you have to, in addition to badminton training, do strength, endurance and agility training. The easy part is acknowledging the facts. The hard part, I think, is having enough time to do it all. So here's a little survey for you: - What's your badminton and training history? - How many times a week do you train badminton itself? - How many times a week do you do strength, endurance and agility training? - How many hours each time? - Or do you base your training schedule on weeks at all? If not, how do you schedule your training? - What kind of workout split do you use for stre10.0.0.0.1ngth training? - What kind of exercises do you use for agility and endurance training? - How do you manage gym DOMS and badminton at the same time? Because currently I am at the situation where I don't know how it would be best to train in order to achieve the best benefits. I have to work 5 days a week 8-16, play badminton 3 times, do badminton related exercise and have time for other hobbies on some days, and hopefully completely rest one day. There is just way, way too much to put into a week, I'm afraid, but what to take out? A bit of my history for you, if it helps: I played badminton for a year four-five years ago. I did very little other exercise. Then my interest in badminton somehow sank and for three years my life was pretty much gym only. Then I realized that I didn't actually enjoy going to gym that much, and my interest in badminton rose again. Lastly I played badminton for a year and did very little other exercise. It's been really hard for me to commit to two types of exercise, I'm more of a black-or-white person in this. But now I am in the point where I realize that I have to do strength, endurance and agility training in order to become better in badminton. I'm through the first sessions at gym in a year and the DOMS are freaking huge. I know from my past that the DOMS will become easier when I get more gym sessions in, but there will still be DOMS. With DOMS I'm not that fresh when playing badminton the next day. But having a day off after gym day will make the schedule totally impossible, as if it already wasn't. Should I train less heavy in order to not get so bad DOMS or what should I do? Thanks for all your input. I am pretty desperate, as I really want to develop but currently I don't know what do do, how much and when regarding strength etc. training.