Doing More Than the Bare Minimum?

JJ WattI saw an interesting interview a few weeks ago on Sportscenter with JJ Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans. I've typed up the most important part of the interview below, it lays out the roadmap to high performance. While he is a football player, playing a team sport, he was talking about himself as an athlete and trying to become the best athlete he/she possibly can. His words apply to anyone wants to be great at what they are doing, whether it be in sports, business or your personal life.

"The only way you're going to get better is if you put in the work. And if you do the bare minimum, you just go out the practice, you just do what you told to do and that's it, you're going to get bare minimum results. If you want to be great, you have to go above and beyond, and do whatever it takes to be great." - JJ Watt

In triathlon terms, this is referring to the "extra" work that must be put in to get the most out of your athletic ability. This doesn't necessarily mean adding additional workouts, it could, but that is not the main point of this post.

In triathlon and endurance sports, it also means doing the small things that your body needs to fully recover between sessions. Activities such as foam rolling, active stretching, supplemental strength exercises, proper nutrition and enough sleep are a few examples for the extra work that would account for extra work.

Do you make time in your busy schedule to get in the extra work or are you just doing the bare minimum?

Coach Ryan

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