It's getting more common for people to describe themselves as an elite. So what is an elite athlete really like? What defines "elite?"
Dan John takes a shot at defining it.
Short version - it's not a t-shirt or a self-imposed label. It's year-long dedication to a sport at a level of skill and competitive demands that require fine-tuning to improve.
As a bonus, here is Dan John discussing hypertrophy (increased muscle size) in athletes. His little graph - especially the long line up at the end for the rest of your life - mirrors the conclusion of researchers in the book Biomarkers. Interesting to say the least. Hypertrophy is critical, and gets even more so as you get older.