3 Steps To Fitness: Train Like An Athlete Again

Time flies. When I think back, I can’t believe how long it’s been since college sports ended for me. I bet you can relate. When you think back to what you used to be able to do compared to what you can do now it can be a little . . . discouraging. But it doesn’t have to be.

I’ve been reminiscing about the “glory days” of my athletic career, if you can call it a career. During high school competing year round in soccer, basketball, and baseball, playing in college, hell week of 2 and 3-a-days. I could run for days, never worried about a knee giving out, I felt invincible. I may be done playing competitively, but that doesn’t mean I have to sit on the couch. I continue to embrace the sweet suckiness of training and competing that I loved so much, and you can too.

You know what I mean. The accomplishment you feel at the end of a grueling practice. Thinking you can’t possibly run another sprint . . . until the whistle blows and you take off like it’s the last sprint of your life. Playing the final minutes of a game knowing that you’ve outworked the other guy. Going to bed knowing that you pushed as hard as you could that day, and that you were going to do it again the next day.



There was no genius in the practices and conditioning that our coaches put us through that got us in such great shape. There weren’t any magic fat-burning exercises. No high priced machines.

All it took was our mindset.

No matter what was thrown at us, we would overcome. We showed up and put in the work. When you’re prepared and determined to push yourself to your limits you will progress into a stronger and more dangerous version of yourself. Think back. You never went to practice and said, “Eh, I’m kind of tired today. I think I’ll just do a couple laps then hit Coldstone. I earned it.”

What about now? Are you holding yourself accountable? Maintaining that EYE OF THE TIGER? (You knew it was coming) Or have you gotten soft? Literally and figuratively. If you’re ready to take back that competitor mindset here are the 3 things you need:

A PROGRAM TO FOLLOW. You don’t need anything fancy. Focus on the basics that have always worked: push-ups, pull-ups, squats, jumps, sprints, sport. Combine them to keep yourself interested and challenged. If you don’t want to come up with your own workouts, join the Beards, Barbells, and Bibles group where I post workouts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that focus on hitting the basics.


ACCOUNTABILITY. Your coach and team expected you to show up and crush it every day. You need a team around you who are going to call you out if you don’t show up. Grab some friends and start hitting workouts together. Even if you can’t workout together physically, do the same workouts and compare how you do. A little competition will push you harder than you would on your own. In the BBB group I’m building a team of guys ready to push each other to succeed. You can join by clicking here.


A COACH. Not sure how to do certain exercises? Have an old injury or some pain you need to work around? Have some questions you’ve been wanting to get answered? You need a coach with the knowledge and experience to get you working out safely and answer your questions along the way. If you want free access to an experienced coach, join the BBB group. If you want comprehensive 1-on-1 coaching, email me at arik@beardsbarbellsandbibles.com. 

Just because you aren’t competing doesn’t mean you have to stop training. You can win back that competitive mindset. You can begin pushing yourself physically and mentally again like you used to. You’re still an athlete. Go out and prove it.