POWER POINTS

“I don’t need to workout, I’m the best athlete on the team.” There’s always one athlete on every team that has the God-given talent, but lacks the work integrity necessary to be the best at their sport.

“I’ll do whatever it takes, coach, just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” There’s always one athlete on every team that has the work integrity but lacks the God-given talent necessary to become the best at his/her sport. Whatever your situation may be—hard work will always beat talent alone, when talent doesn’t work hard. Imagine two athletes with God-given talent, one works hard and one does not. Which one would you want to be?

Combine talent with hard work and potential for success increases dramatically. Hard work breeds a champion. But in order to work hard you must first understand your weaknesses and focus on improving them the most, whether it is a physical or mental weakness, or both. Take the standout athlete at your school. You know… the 2,000 yards rushing football star, 30 points basketball standout, 10-second 100m champion, or the 90 mph fastball stud.

These natural-talent born athletes can be referred to as “genetic freaks.” They have a better chance to play Division I college or at the professional level, but not all of these standouts make it to the top. The reason some fail at the elite level is their lack of work ethic. Now “Don’t Hate” just because these athletes are good at what they do. Some of these “genetic freaks” earn that title of champion, but a few might be lazy and soon enough winning will eventually come to an end. However, for those of you who are not in the “genetic freak” category, you must learn how to improve your performance so you can truly compete at the same level and eventually surpass them.

Becoming a “Beast”

If you want to pack on muscle onto your upper body, try this workout on for size and experience what it takes to get to the next level.

A1) Wide-grip Pull-up—pronated hands Tempo = 5-0-1-0, rest = 10 sec, sets = 3 sets, reps 6-8 reps

A2) Mid-grip Lat Pulldown—supinated hands Tempo = 3-0-1-0, rest = 90 sec, sets = 3 sets, reps 8-10 reps

B1) Incline Barbell Bench Press Tempo = 5-0-1-0, rest = 10 sec, sets = 3 sets, reps 6-8 reps

B2) Flat Db Press w/ rotation Tempo = 3-0-1-0, rest = 90 sec, sets = 3 sets, reps 8-10 reps

C1) 1-arm Db Elbowing Row Tempo = 4-2-1-0, rest = 60 sec, sets = 3 sets, reps 8-10 reps

C2) Alternating Db Push-up + Rowing Combo Tempo = 2-0-1-0, rest = 60 sec, sets = 3 sets, reps 8-10 reps

Please note: Follow the guidelines, choose the appropriate weight for each set and, if you complete all the reps, progress to a heavier weight. You should not have to rely on your spotter to assist you on your reps. If you need a spot, only allow 1 rep for assistance. For more information on the above program, log onto www.ikeiperformance.com.

Not every high school athlete desires to play at the professional or collegiate level. However, it doesn’t mean that one should settle for being second-best. Athletics is a means of improving character, building self-confidence, learning commitment, dealing with pressure and making sacrifices. It’s these components that make up a champion. Whether you are a starter on your soccer team or a third-string offensive lineman, learning what it means to work hard at an early age will benefit your future. When you walk away from your sport knowing you gave it your all, you are a successful athlete with a Champion Heart.

For more information on elite sports performance training contact Chad Ikei at 480-657- 6937 or visit www.ikeiperformance.com.