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3 Things Athletes Do That You Should Copy

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Think of an athlete that matches your ideal physique. Now think of the behaviours that athlete applies to his/her everyday life in order to obtain that physique. If you’re not thinking of a bodybuilder then the body of your favourite sports star is just a result of the desire to increase performance and while I could go on another “focus on performance and aesthetics will follow…” rant, I will restrain myself.

Keep your athlete in mind. Got it? Now don’t get bogged down by the fact that he/she is a professional and has all day to train while you are stuck at a desk. Instead, have a glance at the three behaviours he/she does that you CAN implement into your life.

Athlete Behaviour #1: KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
It is ridiculously simple: have a goal. Athletes work hard, we all know that; however, what some individuals forget is that athletes work hard to achieve *insert goal* by *insert time*. It still amazes me how often I see people in the gym come and go because they have no focus. Granted, a bit of recreational exercises is never a bad thing and I could not discourage anyone form a ‘bounce session’. Nevertheless, if you want to progress, impress and work harder every time then behaviour #1 is a must.

Now that you know where you want to be, you’ll want to start thinking about how you’re going to get there. This is another easy behaviour to implement, just choose a programme that matches your goal and follow it until you’ve achieved what you set out to achieve. Having a programme in place allows athletes to track their progress and set targets. Nowadays there are ample programmes available on the internet to cover just about any goal. Of course, I am bias and will direct you to here; however, feel free to google what you want and see what comes up.

There are three key patterns that the majority of athletes do that you can do too. Lifting weights is something that is still misunderstood by the general population but it is definitely a form of training that every athlete will do or has done at some point.

Weight lifting = big muscles?

WRONG! Lifting weights will promote neural and muscle adaptation; however, the speed and type of adaptation depends on: the training stimulus, gender, age, genetics and calorie intake. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the athlete  you’re thinking of has been the benefactor of a good weightlifting programme and so you must too. If everyone that lifted weights increased in size each time they lifted then most males would be walking around like Bill Kazmaier (pictured).

Cardiovascular training is another key in the behaviour that most athletes will do that is easy enough for you to copy. For the type of cardio you should be doing, ask yourself what kind of cardiovascular training does your sports star do? Simply try out the activity that your athlete competes in. Of course, there will be a significant difference between the performance of the man or woman you admire and your performance but that doesn’t mean you can’t train for the task. If you’re thinking of a sprinter – hit the track! A swimmer? Get in the pool!

Clean eating is a bit of a vague term. In my mind clean refers to having a nutritional regime that helps you get to your goals. Most of my clients  know what counts as good or bad foods but the truth is they (and you) have  got to look past the labels. If you’re loading up on your supermarkets ‘healthy option’ readymade meal you might not be eating as ‘healthy’ as a dinner you made yourself…The rules outlined in Fat Loss Fever cover what clean eating habits are a good idea to follow.

Have you still got your favourite sporting hero in mind? Do you want to take a step closer to gaining a physique that is similar to theirs (or more of an upgraded version of yourself)?

Remember that all the above behaviours are things that you CAN mimic. You have control of the little decisions that make a big difference so when you’ve decided the what (behaviour #1), figure out the how (behaviour #2) and be sure to apply the three key steps (behaviour 3).