I hear it all the time “I train right, I eat right, why can’t I get any faster?”, well if this is you too hopefully this’ll help.
It is estimated that your growth in performance is only partly due to the training you do. Nutritionists might say that it could be 20% training and 80% diet. While I completely agree and think that training over a long period is only achievable through a healthy diet, I do think there’s something more important missing from this…
Attitude & Preparation I believe accounts for half of all your gains. I think the ratio sits something like 50% Attitude & Preparation, 40% Diet & 10% Training. It doesn’t matter what you eat or how you train if you are going to crack instantly or are unprepared to put the effort in. When I get people asking me why they can’t improve despite seemingly eating the right foods and training well the first thing I get them to think about is this.
Attitude: How do you view your training? Forgetting professionals who are lucky enough to get paid to train, the top level amateur will be willing to go far further in order to achieve their goals than those below them. My best clients, or even the ones who get the biggest gains in training, never miss a session, always feedback information to me, always treat every setback as an opportunity to learn and understand that unless you are willing to commit to training 100% you’ll never achieve 100% of your goals. You might be reading this thinking that you could never be like this due to commitments or lifestyle, family or jobs but in reality are you just making excuses? And while you make excuses the best are making gains.
Preparation: How do you prepare for an event and what’s your strategies? You could achieve all your training goals but if you’re unprepared for your event then the gains you’ve made in training aren’t going to translate on the day. Things like using your warm-up time to get motivated, or using thoughts and images to remind you to maintain a certain position can be the difference between first or second. This is why I ask all my clients to work on their strategies as well as their training. Developing a thorough warm-up and cool-down as well as focusing on understanding pacing and feeding on the day. All of these strategies will focus the mind on the task in hand and will lead to less issues on the day.
My coaching doesn’t stop at the sessions, I’ll include support in developing all the aspects you’ll need in order to succeed. If you want more information please get in touch.