Over the years I put together and continually update a handbook for our students here at Monument Valley HS. It covers very basic principles that are hopefully useful and understandable for a novice. Over the next few weeks I will post some of the segments here. Feedback is welcome.
Desire is in the heart and soul of every true champion. Desire is the central, essential quality upon which all the other championship qualities depend. Until desire is strong and focused, there is no need to begin training.
How good do you want to be? Until you focus your desire on a long range goal you will not fully benefit from the power of desire and a positive mental attitude.
Picture yourself as you want to be. Conduct yourself as a champion at all times. Don’t dwell on failures. Remember what you learned from them. Start each task with the knowledge that you will give your 100% best effort.
Act like a champion. Train like a champion. Think like a champion, and you will be a champion.
The 6 components of Championship Training
When the desire to reach your full potential has been internalized, there are 6 aspects of championship training. All must be considered in designing an effective workout plan. These include: Strength, Power, Endurance, Speed, Flexibility, and Skills specific to your chosen sports.
These components are supported by a foundation of proper nutrition, sufficient rest, and good health habits. The remainder of this handbook is devoted to explaining each of these aspects and how to incorporate them into your personal training. This book is only a beginning. Search for greater knowledge by reading further on each of these subjects. Get on the internet and take advantage of the resources available such as websites and videos. Talk to people who have achieved the kind of success that you want. Learn all you can about your body and about your sport. One difference between champions and average athletes is that champions know and understand more. You can learn to be a champion.