Inspired by the phenomenal athletes at the Rio Olympics? We may not all be super-humans, but there are a few tips and tricks that we can lend from these sporting stars to help us master those challenging workouts and fuel success.
State Of Mind
Winning isn’t everything – but wanting to win is crucial. A positive mindset and thinking big is crucial to achieving success. Set out those big goals, visualise them, research them and believe in your abilities to achieve these milestones.
With that in mind, it’s important to not get too caught up in the bigger picture by setting smaller goals to help you on your path to achieving greater fitness successes. From committing to more gym time and gradually increasing the weights you lift to running that extra distance – smaller goals will not only help keep you on track but will fuel your confidence and desire to keep reaching for those bigger milestones.
Key to achieving said goals – no matter how big or small – is committing to making them happen. From putting in the extra hours and setting specific target dates to adapting routines and rituals to maximise your results – dedicating yourself to those small changes will help you achieve greater results.
Losing motivation can happen to us all – but one way of helping to stay focused and on track is by working out with a partner or group. You’ll not only be more motivated to workout (cancelling on yourself is one thing, but letting your friends down is a different matter), you’ll also have more fun and be more inclined to work harder – after all, nothing beats a bit of friendly rivalry!
No matter how much you prepare, obstacles will inevitably get in the way. What’s most important is how you tackle these challenges. Rather than letting them het you down, embrace these speed bumps and adapt suit. Being flexible – from changing up your routine to incorporating different techniques – will only help make you more accountable, knowledgeable, empowered and, ultimately, stronger. Need a little motivation?
Being coachable is a key trait of top athletes. They admit that they don’t know it all and can readily adapt to changes and additions thrown at them by coaches and professionals to help them up their game. From enlisting a personal trainer, coach or nutritionist – being open to the advice of those in the know is crucial to helping you reach those goals.
Quality sleep is crucial for recovering and repairing. It not only helps the brain recharge but helps to build and regenerate lean muscle. Studies have also shown that getting enough shut-eye also helps beat cravings and helps keep body fat at bay. Experts advise aiming for an optimum of 7-9 hours of sleep each night when embarking on a fitness or training programme to maximise results.
Ready to up your game? Start achieving great things with our these motivating workout essentials: