Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dan John - What is Elite?

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.
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