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Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence from the Inside Out fills a critical need by speaking in a frank and direct voice directly to today's aspiring athletes about these crucial, controversial issues and the personal choices they face. At the same time the book presents them with the antidote to these negative influences-the fundamental values, attitudes and concepts, both mental and practical, that support and lead to athletic excellence.
A "true champion" is an athlete with the specific qualities of character, mental discipline, and physical skills necessary to generate and keep increasing athletic excellence and success throughout his or her career. These qualities can be learned and developed; they need not be inborn. Becoming a True Champion goes deeply into each quality to show developing athletes how adopting it directly affects and enhances athletic performance, longevity, and dignity. Through relevant examples, inspiring stories, and a personalized approach, the book shows athletes how to avoid the many pitfalls, and overcome the inevitable obstacles, so common in today's sports culture.
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Introduction: Sports on the Edge
The Code of a True Champion
Section 1: The Principles of a True Champion –Someone Only in Legends?
Ch. 1- It Starts with You: Realizing Your Potential and Creating Success
Ch. 2- Do You Know Where You’re Going?: Goals—The Choice is Yours
Ch. 3- The Burning Within: Desire—The Fuel that Drives You to Move Beyond Nomal Limitations
Ch. 4- Five Letters That Spell Success: The CDSPH Principle—What it Really Means
Ch. 5- What You Do Speaks Volumes: Character and Integrity—The Road Less Traveled
Ch. 6-An Unrewarding Path: Cheating—The Road to Nowhere
Ch. 7-A Championship State of Mind: Core Attitudes and a Mindset for Achievement
Ch. 8-Separate yet Related: Mindsets for Training and Competition
Expectation from Practice
Section 2: Building the Dream – The Training Process
Ch. 9- From the Ground Up: Fundamentals for Success
Ch. 10-Pieces and Parts: Breaking it Down
Ch. 11- A Method above the Rest: A Question of Quality or Quantity
Ch. 12- An Essential Piece of the Puzzle: Vital Concepts of Conditioning
Ch. 13- Simplifying the Training Process: The Circle of Achievement
Ch. 14- A Blank Slate to Work With: Circle of Achievement Worksheets
Section 3: Putting it all Together – A True Story
Ch. 15- Mission Impossible: The Goal
Ch. 16- Take a Walk in My Shoes: Club Training and Gymnastics Camp
Ch. 17- Putting It to the Test: Senior Year
Ch. 18- The Outcome Says It All: Final Tests
Ch. 19-When All Is Said and Done: Conclusion
Who Am I? The Libero Code
Your Greatest Gift to Yourself
References and Notes
About the Authors
Posted April 17, 2012
The book accomplishes what others do not by building a solid foundation for training in any sport. It's unique approach lends itself to giving athletes the mental tools necesary to carry out the actions needed to become as good as an athlete that one wants to be. And then ends with an inspirational story that hits home with readers.
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