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Work Out Like A Champion With Three Simple Weight Room Rules

December 4, 2010

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You already know that the exercises you perform in the weight room dictate your success on the field. But do you also know how crucial the way you conduct and carry yourself between those exercises is to your future performance? As the great Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning isn't a sometimes thing. It's an all-the-time thing." In other words, if you want to be a champion, you must carry yourself like a champion at all times.

This is nothing new to the world's elite and most successful athletes. Follow these three simple weight room rules, which every champion abides by when working out.

1) Never Sit Down in the Weight Room
Who: Almost all collegiate and professional strength coaches enforce this rule.
Why: Everything you do in a weight room should have a purpose and prepare you for competition. Are you preparing to sit on the bench? If your workout allows you time to sit down, then find a new one.

2) Never Bend Over or Kneel Down to Catch Your Breath
Who: Drew Brees. After his self-assigned conditioning work, the beast breathed heavily and exclaimed, "I'm so tired, but I've got to stand tall." He continued walking and caught his breath like a champion. Six months later, he won the Super Bowl. Watch Brees perform his conditioning here.
Why: Slumping over is a sign of weakness and fatigue. If you get into the habit of doing this, you will likely exhibit the same kind of defeatist posture during games, which will give confidence to your opponents. Hands on knees=blood in the water.

3) Never Say "I Can't"
Who: Dwight Howard. He told us he has eliminated this phrase from his vernacular. That's why he is Superman and can Bench 365 pounds. Don't believe us? Watch Howard Bench Press here.
Because you can. Saying "This is going to be tough" is totally fine, but when you approach a difficult task with a mindset of "I can't," you've already psyched yourself out and accepted failure.

Josh Staph
- Josh Staph is the Senior Vice President, Content at STACK Media and joined the company shortly after it was founded in 2005. He graduated from...
Josh Staph
- Josh Staph is the Senior Vice President, Content at STACK Media and joined the company shortly after it was founded in 2005. He graduated from...
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