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Athletic Performance: Top Ten Tips

We admire outstanding athletes. Most of us wish we were able to perform at the same level, and some of us harbor fantasies that we can. Some of us seek to improve our own athletic performance so that we perform at our personal best. If you are in that last group, this article is for you.

The following are the top ten tips for improving your athletic performance:

  1. For general athletic prowess, do more than one sport. For example, mix climbing with skateboarding and basketball. Choose some sports that are similar, so they reinforce each other, but also sports that complement each other by developing different areas.
  2. For a particular sport, practice the sport. If you want to be an elite climber, for example, confine your sports to climbing and only similar activities. Ballet--or any dancing--is excellent training for climbers. So are most martial arts.
  3. Learn more about your chosen sport(s). Read books about your sport, train with others who are outstanding in the sport, and so on. Find an older person who is "retired" from the sport and consider having that person coach you--the results may amaze you.
  4. Lift weights to develop muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. One myth in some sports training circles is weight training will make you slow or throw off your coordination. That may be true if you exercise on machines. With free weights, that isn't true, provided you engage in a full range of motion and stick to standard bodybuilding principles and practices.
  5. Practice balance and coordination drills. The more balance and coordination you have, the more you will shine as a natural athlete. You will be faster and have more economy of motion, plus you will have more power and less chance of injury.
  6. Get adequate rest. When you are 20% sleep-deprived, you have the mental acuity of a person who is drunk. When you have enough rest, your reflexes and agility are at their peak. But rest also entails sufficient recovery time between training sessions. Muscle growth occurs during the resting phase, only. You need rest between drills, as well--when you tire and your form becomes sloppy, continuing to drill will train your body to execute a given movement in a sloppy and inefficient manner.
  7. Don't deliberately eat toxins. Eliminate refined "foods" from your diet, and do not drink "soft drinks" (osteoporosis, fat gain, and esophageal cancer in a can) at all.
  8. Stay lean. A man with double-digit fat is far too fat. Drop the fat, and performance goes up. Every woman will need to determine her individual body fat target--what's optimal for one may be suboptimal for another.
  9. Engage in an intelligent program of nutrition. Ignore the fads. Eat more leafy green vegetables, and you automatically increase nutrient density while lowering caloric density. See our many diet articles on this site.
  10. Engage in an intelligent program of supplementation. At the very least, get  a good meal replacement powder (MRP). Use this for foundational nutrition three times a day (eat 3 small "whole food meals" and three small MRP shakes, and watch your Adonis body emerge). Other worthwhile supplements include CLA, HMB, and creatine. Watch those "athletic bars"--most of them are junk-laden calorie binge bars. We have reviewed every bar on the market and found only a few that are good.


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Article Authorship

The articles on this site are authoritative, because:

  • Every contributor is an expert in his or her field.
  • The articles comply with the accepted principles of the bodybuilder literature.
  • The articles comply with the teachings of such luminaries as 8-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney.

 Where an article is not bylined with a specific author's name, it was written by Mark Lamendola (see photos on home page and elsewhere on this site). Mark is a 4th degree blackbelt, has not been sick since 1971, and has not missed a workout since 1977. Just an example of how Mark knows what he's talking about: In his early 50s, Mark demonstrated a biceps curl using half his body weight. That's a Jack LaLanne level stunt. Few people can even come close. If you want to know how to build a strong, beautiful body, read the articles here.

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