Get Your Mind Right: FOCUS
We are surrounded and overwhelmed by an ever-increasing amount of distractions in our lives, making it harder to actually get things done. In fact research has proven, despite what we like to think, that humans are terrible at multi-tasking. We are at our best when we can focus on one thing at a time. This is especially true if we want to achieve our training goals. We need to be focused, engaged, truly in the moment. This means when it’s time to train, it’s time to train. Turn off your smart phone, don’t waste time with idle chatter, and go get the job done.
Hang With The Right Crowd: TEAM
Humans are social creatures and for better or for worse, we tend to become like those we associate most with. The saying ‘birds of a feather flock together’ rings true and is more relevant for anyone trying to stick to a serious training program. When you hang out with like-minded people they encourage you, motivate and support you regardless of the circumstances. They provide the all-important network we need to help us achieve excellence. If you’ve got a few such people in your life, consider yourself lucky to have them on your team. And make sure you’re doing your part to help them achieve their goals too.
Eat Right: FUEL
The importance of proper nutrition cannot be overstated. It’s no secret as to why we have such an alarming obesity rate in North America: poor nutrition. Too many processed foods, too much sugar, too many chemicals. And not enough of the good stuff. As an individual committed to your goals, you need more than your share of the good stuff. We’re talking about frequent servings of vegetables and fruit, good carb sources such as sweet potato and quinoa, lean natural protein sources like free range chicken and grass fed beef, and healthy fats like avocado, walnuts, and extra virgin olive oil. And we can’t forget about water. Ditch the juice, toss away the soda pop and drink water the way Nature intended. When you feed the body the right fuel, you allow it to do some truly amazing things. For more in depth content on nutrition for health and performance, visit www.strong-athlete.com
The vast majority of North American adults do not get anywhere close to the amount of sleep they need every night. As a result, millions of adults are walking around like virtual zombies, unable to concentrate on the most basic of tasks. Unfortunately, many are a serious accident waiting to happen. You on the other hand, are much different from the average Joe. The goals you want to achieve require you to lead a completely different lifestyle. You need your sleep more than ever, So many good things happen when the body gets optimal rest. For starters, your muscles and joints have an opportunity to heal faster from the stress caused by intense training, and your nervous system has a chance to recharge. This way, when you’re ready to train again, you will be fully recovered and will progress that much faster. If you are not already, make a commitment to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
“Right” It Down: PLAN
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Anyone serious about improving their body and/or their performance should have a plan – a course of action – to help them get there. And one of the best tools to help you write a plan and stick to it is a training journal. The journal allows you to monitor your progress, make adjustments and record important feedback such as how you felt during the workout, how well you ate, whether you had enough rest etc. We’ve used training journals for years and highly recommend them to our clients.
Do It Right, Day In And Day Out: DEDICATE
This last key is arguably the most important for achieving success in training and in life. As they say, Rome was not built in a day, and neither were we. To build anything of significance, especially a lean and well-conditioned body, takes a lot of hard work and dedication. The best program in the world won’t amount to much if you do not put in the effort. That means not missing workouts. Being focused during your workouts. Paying close attention to your nutrition. Getting enough rest. Choosing the right people to be around. Doing all of the things you know you should be doing, day in and day out, week in and week out, without fail.
Set your goals. Set them high. Dedicate yourself. And now go get it done.
The Pro Sport Conditioning Team