Want to look like an athlete?

To look like an athlete – you must train like an athlete!

My buddy Dave just asked me, as he was huffing away on the elliptical trainer, how Sly Stallone is in such good condition at his age.  My answer is the same as always.  He challenges his body!  

I think it is great that people get to the gym and jump on those cardio machines.  I’d rather poke out my eyes, but that’s just me. 

Getting your heart rate up and sweating is a great thing, but it wont make your stronger, it wont make you more toned and though you are burning calories while you are on those machines, they usually cause you to burn muscle ultimately slowing down your metabolism….. Ok…I am starting to rant.

If you want to look a certain way, find out what people who look that way are doing and copy them.

If you want sexy muscular arms, you better pick up some weights.  If you want those volleyball player legs, you better start doing some plyometrics or at least sprint a little. 

Don’t get confused, alll it usually takes is lifting up some heavier weights than you are probably doing.  See this is the only answer.  If you want your muscles to grow, you must lift heavier weights – period. 

However, I never trained that way.  Ever since I was young, I wanted to look like an Athlete.  I wanted to be able to run fast, jump high and do anything and everything I wanted to do.  So that is how I train.  Athletes have powerful legs, so I do sprints, lunges and squats until I fall over.  When an athlete falls down, they get up quickly, so I do hundreds up pushups and pull-ups a week.  Athlete must have good balance, so I spend a lot of time training on balls and unstable surfaces.  This way, the things I do everyday always come easy.

Oh yeah – This type of training also burns calories and builds muscle so in the end you will probably have that lean athletic look you are seeking.

Author: K2 Strength and Conditioning

Kevin owns K2 Strength and Conditioning in Summit, NJ. K2 focuses on athletic performance training for athletes of all ages

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