In 1995 I was training for the 1996 Olympic games and was fortunate to be coached by 2x Olympian Milt Ottey.
Milt’s coaching style was very inspirational and educational which in turn motivated me to work harder and reach my goals.
Many of the lessons I learned from Milt influenced my decisions about our training system and the approach we take with athletes at Premier.
I think more than ever, young athletes need role models that can educate and inspire them to be their best. We have always believed that when an athlete is educated about why they are doing something and how it will help them get better, they will be more motivated to work harder and get better results.
I wanted to share the first journal entry I wrote from my intro session with Milt from 25 years ago. Here are the lessons I learned from my Olympic journey:
- Train consistently every week. If you miss weeks, your body can’t adapt properly.
- Work with coaches that are qualified. I was fortunate to be taught at a young age by great coaches that helped me reach my potential.
- It’s a marathon, not a sprint. To reach your full potential, it takes years, not months so enjoy the daily process.
- Be a student of your sport. Learn everything you can about the sports you play and how to train your body.
- Find balance. Don’t let training and sports be your entire life. Get away from it for 1 month out of the year.
- When you fail, get more motivated by it and work harder next week.
- Focus on the execution of good form in training and sports practices
- Have a “slide show” mentality in competition, blank slides are good