On the very same note – and this has always perplexed me – and more often than not, I have rarely seen people go over and talk to these athletes. I have, and maybe that’s because I have absolutely no shame, but it’s also because, well, if I one day want to be as good an athlete as them, or come as close as my genetics will possibly let me, why wouldn’t I try and learn from them? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked an athlete I admired about when and how they started and have them respond by saying that their road to success and increment improvement all started by training with athletes bigger, better and stronger than them.
See where I’m going here?
It’s simple: If you want to be bigger, better and stronger you have to train and surround yourself with people who are bigger, better and stronger than you. Basically, you need to check your ego at the door, drop the natural inclination to be intimidated, and surrender to a complete lack of shame if you want to get better. With that in mind, I put together a list of my observations from training with people bigger, better and stronger than I am and what I have learned from them. In no particular order…
Training isn’t just something they simply glide through for an hour so they can say: “Well, I exercised for an hour, so now I can go eat a pint of ice cream!”. For these hardcore athletes, training is about getting stronger everyday. Each workout has a focus and determination like their life depends on it, and each new day is focused on getting even stronger. They don’t need a trivial reward because the real reward is finishing.
They have a plan & they write it down
Ask any of these athletes about their current training schedule and they will show you a workout log on paper, tablet or phone. How do you know if you are making progress without a plan? How do you compare yourself against your base if you’re not tracking what you have done since setting the baseline? You can’t improve without a plan, period.
They EAT! But they EAT with purpose.
You won’t find a serious athlete who eats once a day and feasts solely on salad greens. You have to eat to support your activity level. But don’t confuse eating a lot with eating enough. Food is fuel; being an athlete does not mean stuffing your face with everything you so desire. If your performance is