How To Train Like An Athlete

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

Somehow you got roped into the afterwork ZogSports league, because apparently your amazing coding skills have somehow convinced your co-workers that you’d make a great goalie. You’ve been working out regularly, but there’s a certain umph that regular lifting and incline-walking on a treadmill hasn’t quite given you.

It’s not just the physical aspect, but your mental aggression also seems to be all tied up in workplace creativity. Bringing out your athletic edge would help you shine both on and off the field, so how do you bring out your inner sports star?


The Athlete’s Edge

An athlete’s efficiency stems not from the lack of fatigue or soreness post-game/workout, but how effectively his or her body handles the recovery process in order to prepare for the next battle.

Whether you’re an NBA first-round draft pick, weekend warrior or a corporate team captain, there is a relative intensity at which you work out to achieve results, and a relative recovery rate that allows you to function after an exerted effort.


Steps to Becoming as Efficient as Possible:

1. Build foundation

You can build the most luxurious skyscraper all the way into the heavens, but if you fail to lay the proper foundation, it’s doomed to come down at some point. The same goes with the human body. Take the time to work on stability, core and basic movements, which lay a foundation for the more intense athletic activities that you will take on later.

2. Intensity

If you’re working out and you don’t feel like you’re going to physically give out, then you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough. A good rule to go by is “3 more reps.” Push your workout to the point of unbearable burning, then pause for 3 seconds. Then attempt 3 more reps under stress.

3. Sports-related activities

A few things all athletes should constantly work on are explosiveness, linear speed, quickness and flexibility. Athletes have all the cool toys – TRX, parachutes, plyo boxes, resisted sleds and speed ladders. Check to see if you have access to any of these and start working on basic sports movements.

4. Mental Toughness

All of the physical ability in the world can only do so much if you’re not mentally prepared to perform in training and games. Use techniques such as positive self-talk and visualization to keep your head in the game.


This is probably one the most overlooked aspects of training. You have to reset in order to be at peak performance. Start incorporating post-workout stretches, icing sore muscles and restorative yoga to help the muscles recover. Make sure to replenish energy stores with complex carbs and protein to gear up for the next physical effort.


If you train like an athlete and think like an athlete, your body will respond like an athlete on the field. Train and play as if scouts are watching your every move.

What ways do you train for your intramural sporting events? Comment below!


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