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How to Train Like an Athlete?

Athlete Performance
Rob Svarich
September 11, 2023

Introduction to Athlete Training

The pursuit of elite sport performance is a journey that demands dedication, perseverance, and a well-structured plan. Whether you're a youth athlete, a college athlete, or a professional athlete, a thoughtful, science based training program is essential to your long-term performance. In this blog post, we'll explore the key principles and strategies to help you in your pursuit of elite sport performance.

It Takes a Village

The pursuit of elite sport performance requires that you surround yourself with the best possible people from sport coaches and strength coaches to physiotherapists and mindset coaches the team that you surround yourself with will have a massive influence on your path and ultimately your success.

Set Goals

Before you begin your training, it's crucial to establish clear, specific, and achievable goals. Whether you aim to improve your endurance, increase strength, or master a specific skill, having well-defined objectives will provide you with a sense of purpose and motivation. Break down your long-term goals into smaller, manageable milestones to track your progress along the way. Goal setting is most effective when completed in collaboration with the athlete, their sport coaches and their strength coaches. Check out the 5 steps to setting goals.

What to Look for in a Training Program

A structured training plan is the backbone of any successful athlete's journey. Consult with a qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach to develop a program tailored to your specific goals, abilities, and schedule. Your plan should include:

  • Periodization: A quality training program is divided into phases, focusing on different aspects of fitness, such as endurance, strength, speed, and power development. The phases of your training program need to take your competition schedule into consideration. Training during your competitive season should look different than your training during the off-season.
  • Training: Incorporate a variety of exercises, including cardio, strength training, mobility training, and recovery tactics.
  • Rest and Recovery: Allocate sufficient time for rest and recovery to prevent overtraining and injury.

Simple is typically most effective when it comes to athlete development. The best training programs for athletes tend to be simple, they prioritize the basics and emphasize quality execution of movements and exercises. Be cautious of coaches and programs that make grandiose claims about massive short term gains. The pursuit of elite sport performance is a marathon, not a sprint.


The pursuit of elite sport performance is a demanding but rewarding endeavour. By setting clear goals, surrounding yourself with quality people, creating a well-structured training plan, and prioritizing rest and recovery, you'll be on the right path to reaching your athletic potential. Remember that success as an athlete is not only about physical prowess but also mental resilience, determination, and a passion for continuous improvement. Get after it!

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