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As an athlete, at whatever level that may be, there are many variables that can be harnessed to propel your training and performance further. These will change from person to person, and from program to program. We highlight 4 key areas that top athletes and trainers have identified as key to their own performance.
Food & Training
Food and diet is essential for training. Food is fuel for the body, but it doesn’t all have to be salads and low calorie alternatives. Depending on what your goals are, you can tailor intakes to suit your body’s needs.
“People always say different things about how often you should eat and what size portions. For everyone, it can bit different – personally, I have my breakfast, I have my lunch, I’ll train, and then have a post-workout meal, and then dinner after that. I only have four meals in a day, but that’s what works for me. 5 meals a day usually is a good number, but making sure portion size isn’t crazy” – Rob Forte
Being mentally prepared for competition is almost as important as being physically prepared. A positive attitude is key to performing at peak arousal, which differs from athlete to athlete.
“I’m a massive advocate in maintaining a positive attitude in life as a whole, not only keeping the body fit but also taking care of the mind too. Sometimes in life you just need to stop, regain your composure, rebalance your mind and come back to centre to help get you back on track. These all help me when I am training so I can keep focused on my goals” – Jenna Douros
Motivation For Training
Motivation is that little thing that will get you out of bed in the morning. It drives you into your domain and put in the effort you need to be the best you you can be. Motivation is all about consistent effort, and how long you can maintain consistent with this effort for.
“Motivating yourself is always tough, but for me, I think about my goals and the end result of being as prepared as I can be for competition. You have to be confident in the work you’ve put in. If deep down you know you didn’t give your best in training, you’re setting yourself up for failure.” – Rob Whittaker
Versatility In Training
Mixing up your training reduces boredom, and allows you to holistically build strength and endurance in multiple areas of your body. In CrossFit, for example, versatility is key to performance. But it is also important to make sure you compliment the training with rest.
“A typical training week for me would consist a mix of a lot of different things. It depends on how my body feels, and what I want to focus on (as a CrossFitter, there is always a lot). Rest is important too. I could go through a full week with only 1 rest day or if my body is feeling really fatigued I could have 2-3 rest days. I think it’s extremely important to listen to the body when you training at elite levels.” – Tia-Clair Toomey
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