This may sound like a rant – it’s not meant to be –
Just a reality check.
The Truth is, when you see “elite” on something
it probably isn’t.
It may be the desire to be elite – and that’s cool.
9 times out of 10 it’s not “elite.”
It may be “good,” “better than average” and even
Because being truly elite is “rare air.”
And those who are “elite” are usually a combination
of genetically gifted and incredibly hard workers.
Cases in point:
THEY are Elite.
(Gold Medalists are the Elite of the elite.)
Military Special Forces like Navy SEALs.
(Even the SEALs have a top tier group.)
Millionaires, multi-millionaires, and billionaires.
Scientists and doctors on the cutting edge of
Or my wife’s cousin who designed the fuel
systems for one of the Mars rockets.
These are all the “Elite” in their fields.
We all aspire to be like these people.
But when it comes to an Olympian’s workout –
Should you do it?
Will doing so make you “elite?”
You may not know the answer to the first
questions, but I sure hope you know the answer
to the second.
(In case you were wondering.)
Take the elite strength or power athlete – a weightlifter or
To become elite, a weightlifter starts training, depending
on his country, between 8 and 13 years old.
And it usually takes him a minimum of 8 years of
continuous training for him to even have a shot of
being elite –
Which is categorized at bare minimum as competing
in his country’s national championships.
Usually, then, when you see an elite athlete’s
workout, you are seeing a snapshot – a glimpse
into their training program.
What you DON’T see is all the training he or she
has done over the last umpteen years to get there.
So blindly copying one of these workouts is foolish
at best and downright dangerous at worst.
Can we take anything that an elite athlete uses
in his or her training other than a strong work ethic,
mental toughness, and self-discipline?
Plan your training.
For example, Tudor Bompa, Romanian super-
coach and Professor Emiritus, and expert in
periodization (planning), advocates having a phase
in your training called “Anatomical Adaptation.”
During this phase you address muscle imbalances
and other types of “pre-habilitation,” strengthening
your tendons and ligaments.
Other phases follow – like Hypertrophy (muscle
mass), Maximum Strength, then a Conversion
phase… etc, etc, etc…
Hold on – I’ll show you exactly how you should use
this information in your training.
Over the last – I dunno – 5 to 10 years or so – I’ve
identified 4 distinct phases we “average Joe’s and
Jane’s” should use –
To keep us healthy, strong, lean, and most importantly
as we get older –
Here they are:
Phase 1: Get Rid of Your Weak Links
Phase 2: Get Stronger
Phase 3: Get Leaner
Phase 4: Get More Muscular.
This planning works for everybody – especially if you’re
P.S. Remember, the deck is stacked against you
ever being “elite” – but you can use “tricks” the
elite use to make your KB workouts decisively more
(The Elite ONLY care about results.)
The #1 “trick” is Planning.
Learn exactly how to plan your KB workouts and
more importantly –