High School Fencers in the Off-Season

For those that don't know, the High School (and collegiate) season for fencing is in the winter. It goes from roughly the end of October through February.

*Fun Fact: Fencing is in the summer Olympics. It is one of the four original Olympic sports*

With the end of another season approaching, one question fencers should be asking themselves is "how do I prepare for next season?" While it may seem a long way off, this is a sport that you can, and should, practice year-round.

Other than practicing footwork, combatives and free fencing, you should be working on your endurance. As I'm sure you've learned, fencing requires a lot of stamina and strength. So make sure you work in some cardio and strength training sessions each week. If you don't have access to a gym, there are plenty of exercises one can do at home.

Here are some exercises you can do that don't require a gym or equipment:

  • Running, Jogging or Sprinting
  • Stair climbing
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Burpees
  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups/Crunches
  • Squats
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Plank
  • Wall Sits
  • Lunges
  • Arm Circles
  • Tricep Dips
  • Donkey Kicks