So it’s common to look through a magazine, book, on tv, or an article of someone that inspires us as thoughts go through our head “I wish I could be in their spot….” or “Man…one day..” ” If only..”
But do we really know what they push through and go through to be where their at? What goes on during a typical day in an athlete’s life?
Because of my goal is to turn pro in Figure. It might sound big, but I’m not stopping till I’m there. And probably won’t stop after that either :) But anyway so the ones that points out to me most are the one’s that are PRO and are inspirational as a person as well :)
I did some research and found little clip its of their day.
#1 Oskana Girshina -in season
“Here’s a sample of my typical day, to inspire you, and let you know you’re not alone.
I wake up by 7am to a Platinum Whey Protein Shake, Dr. Feel Good multivitamins, and a fat-burning assist from SAN Tight (SAN has several fat-burning products. Be sure to try them and find the one that works best for you). This is followed by 35-45 minutes of cardio before a healthy breakfast. I then prep for and travel to my acting class for the afternoon. Since I am not using much energy, my next meal is only protein and a salad. If possible, I’ll take a short rest after class, then fuel up with a protein shake, some Tight, and
CM2 Nitrate Creatine before heading to the gym for weight training or my performance workout. After my workout, I’ll have another meal with protein, vegetables and carbs, then take a short nap of 20-30 minutes (As you may notice, those of us who are genetically disposed to have more muscle, pretty much all bodybuilders and fitness athletes, tire quickly and need lots of rest throughout the day). After my evening nap, I spend my time working with clients, shopping, cooking and prepping food for the next day, and studying English. I then have a final round of cardio for about 40 minutes, followed by a meal of protein and vegetables. After a day like this, sleep comes easily, lol.”
#2 Arnold Schwarzenegger
“You train five hours a day, as I did when I was competing, and people say, My God, you’re so disciplined. But it has nothing to do with discipline; I loved it. Because I knew that every time I went to the gym I was one step closer to winning the competition.”
I couldn’t find a quote from Him telling a typical day so his training buddies wrote a couple things.
Danny Padilla: Around 7-7:30 a.m. we would have breakfast and then walk to Gold’s and work out. At that time, we were training each body part twice per day. For instance, we would train chest and back in the morning, then legs at night. We would work out, go have lunch and, then relax, hit the beach and get some sun. That was the lifestyle we lived. We lived in the Golden Age.
Frank Zane: Sure, there were no sponsorships. I had to work. The only guy who did not have to work was Arnold, and even he was only getter a meager salary from Weider. It was hardly anything, but it was enough to make ends meet while he was training. Nobody else had a deal like that.
#3 Gabby Douglas
“I wake up at about 9 a.m., and have a few hours of school or time to relax. Then, I have practice at 2:30 p.m. with my team. We warm up, do some conditioning exercises, stretch, and then do our floor events. Practice lasts about four hours. Then I go home to eat dinner and relax! “
#4 Tanji Johnson
“I’m Tanji Johnson, IFBB fitness pro and six-time fitness champion. I am the founder and coach of the Save Fitness Team, and also serve as an NPC judge and promoter. At a week out from the 2011 Fitness International, this is a typical day in my life.
7 am Devotion and prayer time. I have my Americano and spend time with the Lord before starting my day, 8 am Check in with my nutritionist for bodyfat testing before starting my morning cardio session, 10 am For my postworkout meal, I’ll have an egg white omelet with peppers, ½ avocado and ½ cup of oatmeal, 11 am I blog for several Web sites including my own Excellent Spirit blog series. Then I make business calls, 1 pm Meet with my spiritual life coach as we discuss all aspects of my life from business to personal matters, 2 pm Work with my strength coach, Steve Atlas on my handstand work. Steve puts me through a series of strength modalities to develop superior upper body strength for my routine elements, 5 pm I work with some of my Save Fitness clients on their posing. I teach both figure and bikini posing to my clients to make sure their presentation is well rounded, 7 pm Gymnastics with my teammates. This is when I practice my routine and work on my tricks. I’m also able to monitor and assist in the progress of my clients as we share in this experience, 9 pm I head back to the gym for my final cardio session which is always followed by some time in the steam room. This has been great for my skin!, 11 pm Relax on the couch and enjoy watching some of my favorite TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy before falling asleep.”
#5 Ally Baker (Gym owner Rab Fitness and IFBB pro)
“I wake up between 5/6am and do morning cardio… go to gym and train clients for a few hours… come home and do some work (meal plans, check and return emails, etc)… back to the gym in afternoon to workout for about an hour then usually train clients for a few hours again… between 6/7pm back home for the evening and back to computer to work… I usually prep food about 2x per week and I’ll eat 6x per day… I work Monday thru Friday training clients at Rab and work on meal plans typically wed thru Sun… but there’s ALWAYS something to be doing… very little down time… I love my job and am blessed to have what I have… always trying to maintain balance in my life which is a constant struggle with owning a business. ;) “
What I learned from taking a glimpse of an athlete’s life:
1) They have lives too. They work, eat, train, eat again, train more, sleep, work, and don’t give into feelings on how tired they are from their day, but they just DO IT. It’s lifestyle, their passion, and succeeding as a true professional athlete by staying committed and working hard at it each and every day. No matter how busy or tired they are. Fitting it in with each little time gap available and making use of the time they have.
2) In order to have busy lives and stay on track they must do a lot of PREPERATION. They will have to prepare meals the night before or during the weekend to make sure they eat their healthy portioned meals to fuel and feed their bodies, they need to prepare their mind as well with the Word of God or any positive thinking to progressively stay in the game Mentally, supps/water/workout clothes always available, and eating/training sessions monitored either by a personal trainer, workout/food journal, self ect.
3) Professional Athlete’s don’t grow overnight or even in a year. It takes day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year, and even decade after decade to be where their at today. In other words it takes patience, hard work, and commitment to be where their at today. Through struggles and victories they keep pushing forward and they don’t let any obstacles get in their way. If anything their struggles are making them stronger, and more ready for what lies ahead. But overall it’s patience and hard work, and when the moment happens and they shine, then that is their time, no rush though just giving 100% and when the moment and time is right and Theirs- they will own it and walk towards it with victory.