31 Dec 8 Proven Rules For Peak Performance

Peak performance is attainable by anyone who desires to be a peak performer.

That’s the truth and you have to believe it.

In terms of training – and becoming a peak performer for the rest of your life – these 8 rules will help you do that.


Plan your workouts (what you will do) ahead of time.

Plan your meals in advance.

Plan the time of day you’ll train.

Plan new training methods.  Plan new challenges.

Plan everything.

The better you plan, the better your outcomes, period.

The more skilled you become at planning your workouts, nutrition, challenges, time, etc, the better your outcomes will be and the more likely you’ll be to have success. Plan ahead, especially with your nutrition.  Your consistent planning will become a “no fail”system for you, you’ll soon see.


Now that you have a rock solid plan around your exercise and nutrition, stick to it and don’t bail too early.  Give yourself time to adjust and make progress.  There are no easy ways or shortcuts, I’m a big believer in that.  If you want results, stick with the plan, but adjust it as necessary, don’t quit as most people do.  If you start exercising or change your diet, don’t quit too soon because you haven’t achieved the results you wanted yet.  Give it time and be realistic with your goals.  Got it?


As I just mentioned, if something isn’t working, simply adjust things as appropriate.  Makes small changes to see what works and what doesn’t.  If you make too many changes, you won’t know what worked, so just make small tweaks along the way.  For example, if you’re going for fat loss and you’re already on a diet plan and you feel it’s not giving you the results you want, then make a small change (ex. cut the fruit or cut the bread or whatever it is), but just make a small change rather than quitting altogether or radically changing everything.  I hope that make sense to you.


Listen to your body.

Don’t ignore pain, extreme fatigue, or dangerous training conditions.

The last thing you want is to get injured and have a setback. I’ve been guilty of this in my younger days, thinking I could train through an injury. I will say it again, don’t ignore pain!  Pain is a signal that something is wrong, so listen to that signal.  Not to say that you can’t do certain exercises that are PAIN FREE, but certainly don’t exercise through the pain, which will only exacerbate the problem.  Training smart pays off big time!


Your nutrition is critical in your training goals.

Whether it’s body composition improvement, performance enhancement, weight loss, improved energy, disease prevention, whatever.

Proper nutrition is absolutely a requirement for optimal health and fitness, no matter how much exercise you do.

You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.”

There’s a lot to learn, so learn and apply all that you can, it will be the difference maker.


I could write an article on priorities and probably will.

If your health and fitness is not one of your top priorities, you won’t be successful, end of story. This is what I would encourage you to do. Make a list of your top priorities in life.  Narrow things down to the top 3. If your health is in the top 3, you’re in business, if not, why isn’t it?  What is more important than your health, your physical and mental well being?  Remember, if you don’t have your health, you’re not going to be able to help other people or do the things you want in your life.  All of your success comes down to having good health to do everything you want in life.  Agreed?


Now, you have your priorities in order, you must know why your health is important. Why must you lose the extra 10 pounds?  Why do you want to look better?  Why do you need to be stronger?  Why do you need to eat more nutrition dense foods and quite eating all that processed c.r.a.p.?  When you’re clear on your “why”, it gives you more POWER to achieve.  You will be more committed to your cause and more likely to have success in your goals, it’s very simple.  Take some extra time and do this.  Write out your top 3 goals and write down why you must achieve them.  Can you see how this gives you power and a reason to achieve?


You can’t do any of this without having the right mindset.  Mindset is such a huge topic and is a blend of different attributes.

Mindset is a blend of different qualities:  Self-discipline, motivation, commitment, desire, focus. These are all examples of the right mindset.  These attributes are important in every aspect of life, not just fitness.  When you have a strong mindset, you’ll achieve anything and everything you want.  It all begins here, so make sure you have it or do what you need to get it.  Getting around the right people, reading the right books and articles, having the right support system, and taking time to learn and implement new things are all great ways to develop the mindset you need.

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Scott Iardella, MPT, CSCS writes about strength training methods to optimize health and performance. Join a strong and growing community of passionate fitness enthusiasts and subscribe below to get a ton of cool, free stuff! Subscribe at RdellaTraining.com/join and get FREE training resources right now.
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