Since the beginning of time, mankind has looked to best itself over its fellow peers. Whether to gain land, love, or fortune - we have always aspired to be better than our counterpart. Our rival, our competitor. Today, in many sports, we wonder how one finds their competitor's training regimen to get an edge. Think of it as an enemy spy in the war, you want to keep you enemy’s the closest.
If you are not currently involved in competition and just want to better yourself, this article will still help, but let me just say this first: “A flower doesn’t worry about another flower, it just blooms.” This small phrase, has a deep meaning. You are only going to be you and no one is more suited for that role. No one is more qualified. No one can be as talented at that as you are. So with this article, comes a small preface. Find something you are passionate about, good at, and give it every ounce you have. Don’t look back and don’t spot check the competition. You will shine no matter how you are suppose to.
For the active competitors in a particular sport who are looking for something a little more tangible on how to find out your competitor's training regimen – here we go.
Fundamentals – Before you go sniffing around, know this. There is not one single champion in any sport that doesn’t have sound fundamentals. I mean eat, sleep, breath fundamentals. Go ahead and think about it. I’ll wait. Thus, the best way to train for a competitor is for running is to run, for swimming is to swim, and for weightlifting is to lift. In sports like basketball, baseball, and football, the training program shouldn't just overload the energy systems and muscles utilized in that sport, but also needs to duplicate comparable movement patterns. Thus skills training 24/7 three hundred and sixty five days a year. If you can’t do some perfectly 10 times in a row you don’t have it and a true master does the same task over 10,000 times in a life time. So get to work.
Dedication – While you are busy working on your fundamentals I want to reimagine what it means to be dedicated. Look at over 98% of the top athletes of today. Any race, any gender, any nationalism. They all have 1 thing in common. The HAVE TO win. I don’t mean that race or that match. I mean they came from a place in their life, in which nothing else mattered, but making it in that sport. That type of dedication, outlook, and work ethic brought them up to the champions they are today. They all had inspirations around them and at some point in their career they wanted to know how their competitors trained, but not before getting the first 3 fundamentals down.
Attitude – One could argue that you couldn't NOT have a good attitude, without completing the first two principles and you would be half right. What about when life hits you back. What about when there is no visual path to success? Having an unwavering belief in yourself and your goals makes the difference. We are talking self-fulfilling prophecy attitude. It will get done, you will overcome, you will conquer.
Breaking The Rules – Take everything to the absolute edge and beyond. For every mental block that says, "this is how it’s always been done". I want you to say “why?” Don’t be confined or lead to believe something has to be done in a particular fashion to be successful. Don’t be realistic and ignore the naysayers.
Swim With The Sharks – No not literally. Figuratively though, if you want to become the best boxer in the city, why wouldn’t you go train at the most competitive gym? Your comfort zones, your buddies, even your uncle Ronnie who is an ex-golden glove isn't going to get you there. Go swim in shark waters, if you aspire to be a great white. You will get only as big as the fish bowl you are in and will only hunt as well as the hunters around you. Think big, knock on those doors and get after it.
These fundamental principles of success will help prepare you for how to the competitors train, because if you master all 5 of these you will answer your own question – What competitors?
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