The Prize Is Worth the Price

If you were an athlete who aspired to win a medal in the Olympic Games, there's only one thing you would need besides an extraordinary athletic gifting: a ruthless, life-consuming focus on getting the prize. Have you ever looked at an Olympic athlete's daily training regimen? Each sport is unique, but most athletes would keep a schedule something like this:

  • Wake up early
  • Eat a carefully planned breakfast of just the right amount of carbs, protein, and fat content calories as well as fluids
  • Early morning training exercises focusing on particular muscle groups, vigilantly executing the proper warm-up, intensity, and cool-down procedures, mindful of hydration
  • Eat a carefully planned snack to fuel the right amount of energy needed for the next phase
  • Late morning training session focusing on other particular muscle groups, vigilantly
  • Eat a carefully planned lunch
  • Midday rest to prevent overly fatigued muscles, often reviewing training issues with coaches or viewing training or competition videos
  • Eat a carefully planned snack
  • Afternoon training session focusing on other particular muscle groups, vigilantly
  • Eat a carefully planned dinner
  • Evening purposeful relaxation, mindful to prepare for the next day's training
  • Sleep to ensure eight hours of restful recovery

The pursuit of an Olympic gold medal is all-consuming. Athletes must structure their entire life around the training required for that elite level of competition because this pursuit can only be achieved with a ruthlessly narrow focus and rigorous discipline.

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