What Makes An Athlete Elite – Dan John Elite Athlete – Training Elite Athletes
In Dan John’s decades-long coaching career, he’s worked with a lot of elite athletes. In this talk, he drills down to the five main characteristics that make an athlete elite.
“The biggest mistake I see is people try to get strong too late. You want to get as strong as you can as early as you can in your yearly cycle, and then not worry about strength anymore. It should be something that’s in your pocket for the rest of the year.
“This is a point I was going to bring up later, but this is a perfect time for it. Let’s use the 2016 Olympics, the one that’s coming up as an example. In 2016 is when they put the pedal to the metal, but, if you talk to the elite throwers, the year they get as big, bulky and strong as an ox is in 2015. It’s the year before the Olympic year you want to get the biggest engine you can get.
“In late 2015 and 2016, you’re going to lift weights, but the idea is, the year before the big year is when you want to go for it. That’s the year when you want to build that engine as big as you can and give yourself another entire year to get used to all of that new-found strength and power. It sounds crazy to some, but it is extremely good advice.” ~Dan John
• The Five Clues (3:25)
• Understanding Plateaus (6:20)
• A Year-Round Approach (9:15)
• Intense Training Camp (14:40)
• High Levels of Strength Training (16:30)
• Choosing to be Elite (20:05)
• Quadrants: Mental Aspects (22:50)
• Quadrants: Nutrition & Recovery (32:20)
• Role of the Strength Coach (42:05)
A prolific writer, Dan is also a life-long competitive athlete, a well-known speaker and a former high school teacher. You’ll enjoy his regular blog writing on his site at danjohn.net and can pepper him with questions in his Q&A section in the IronOnline forum at davedraper.com.