It may surprise you, but Strong Athletes don’t really rely on motivation. They know that motivation comes and goes and can never be depended on to answer your 6am wake-up call. Instead, Strong Athletes build successful eating and training habits through consistency. They embrace the reality that building a great physique, becoming a great athlete and being a champion at the game of life takes hard work and patience. Here are five of the most successful habits of Strong Athletes:
Habit 1: They Prioritize
Strong Athletes make training a priority. Although they have to balance the demands of a busy career and/or school, family life, social obligations and unexpected hijacks to their schedule, training never takes a back seat. No matter how chaotic life gets, Strong Athletes find their sanctuary in the gym and pay their daily respects to the iron barbell.
Finance experts will often tell clients looking to build wealth that they should pay themselves first before handling other financial obligations. The same principle applies to building a great physique and/or becoming a great athlete. Pay yourself first. Schedule training and make it a priority. Treat training with the same importance that you would a business meeting or project. Make sure it gets done before anything else.
Habit 2: They Lift Heavy $h!t
Strong Athletes don’t just go to the gym. There are plenty of people in gyms who simply show up and think results happen by going through the motions. Strong Athletes strive to get better each and every day. Every training session is an opportunity to get stronger, faster and more conditioned. Remember the first principle of strength and conditioning is Progressive Overload. This means you need to gradually increase the resistance/demand on your body so that it can adapt (i.e. get stronger/bigger/leaner/faster)
Constantly find ways to make your training more challenging. Having someone to push you like a training partner or coach is a great way to get faster results. Another very successful tool is to use a training journal. By recording your workouts and tracking your weights/sets/reps after each session, you will be amazed at how much progress you can make over time. Our athletes and clients use the Strong Athlete Training App to track their progress. You can check it out by CLICKING HERE.
Habit 3: They Put High-Octane Fuel in the Tank
Strong Athletes know that they are what they eat. Because they are so goal oriented and set such high standards, Strong Athletes make sure they buy natural, unprocessed foods. This means organic produce, pasture-raised meats free from hormones and/or antibiotics, wild caught fish and the healthiest sources of fats (coconut oil, virgin olive oil, avocado oil etc.).
Strong Athletes also know that if they keep junk food in the house they will end up eating it at some point. So they don’t buy it. They also don’t buy any for their kids and/or spouse because they know:
1) They’ll likely eat it
2) Their loved ones shouldn’t be eating it either.
It’s called junk for a reason. Clean your house of chips, cookies, highly processed pre-packaged snacks and anything else you’d find at a gas station or convenience store. Save the cheat meals and junk foods for special occasions and keep the machine running on high-octane fuel.
Habit 4: They Hydrate
Strong Athletes drink lots of water. Water (often with fresh squeezed lemon and a pinch of sea salt) is the first thing they consume after waking up. Water is the primary beverage they consume throughout the day. They may drink coffee and/or tea, but this does not count toward their total water consumption.
Before training, during training and after training, Strong Athletes are constantly hydrating. They know that staying hydrated is one of the best ways to maintain optimal performance during training and/or competition. With the exception of post-workout, Strong Athletes rarely drink their calories. They know that calorie-filled drinks are one of the quickest ways to consume excess calories and affect their body composition (i.e. get fatter).
Consider water your beverage of choice. Make sure you drink plenty of fresh spring water each day. This is one of the most important success habits you can have for health, athletic performance and quality of life.
Habit 5: They Have a Great Team
Strong Athletes don’t try to take everything on by themselves. They have a team, a support system to help them push through when things inevitably get tough. Their team includes like-minded friends, a significant other, and coaches. These are people they can share their goals with, discuss ways to get around the obstacles they face, and celebrate mini victories (dropping 5lbs of fat, adding 10 pounds to a deadlift) with. The best way to get to where you want to go is to fall in love with hard work and surround yourself with positive, supportive, like-minded people.
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