Have you ever seen some athletes and thought, “Whats their training like to get that physique?” Or… “What is their secret?” And then just consoled yourself by saying “well its just genetics, right?”
As you may know its my occupation (and passion) to work with clients to achieve their body transformation and fat loss goals. When it comes to the best methods for this, i have found that by far the best techniques are, unfortunately, NOT being employed by most guys in the gym. More on this in a moment.
As you may not know, i also work as a strength and conditioning coach, mainly with tennis players. Although the two are worlds apart in many ways, i have also found there to be some very important traits that athletes have, and training techniques they use, that work great when it comes to transforming our mere mortal, regular bodies by burning a shed loads of calories.
So what are we doing wrong?
Before you ask whats wrong, ask yourself this… Is what i’m doing working? Am i consistently losing body fat with my training?
If the answer is “No”, or even “not quite as much as i want”, then wouldn’t it make sense to try something that will work more effectively and that is proven?
By the way, the answer to ‘whats wrong’ usually comes down to following advice or techniques that are old fashioned, out-dated, anecdotal, old wives tales etc etc…
Athletes fat burning secret # 1…
Type of training:
By strengthening the body as a whole, athletes are able to to run faster, jump higher, hit harder, throw further and so on… and these guys know the importance of a strong body. They train in a way that works with the muscles and joints to produce strong, powerful, coordinated movements.
So how is this good for fat burning? We know that the more muscles we work, the more calories we burn right?
Athletes often focus more on strengthening movements instead of strengthening muscles. This total body approach means working more muscles, muscles to produce the movement, muscle to assist the movement, and muscles to stabilize the rest of the body whilst performing the movement. All of this results in burning more calories, result!
Athletes fat burning secret # 2…
Athletes are laser focused on their training for a number of reasons…
- To perform at their highest possible ability
- To gain a mental edge over competitors
- To stay injury free, maximizing time on the pitch, court, track etc..
- To make a more successful living by achieving more
Ok, these may not all apply to us (if any at all), but if these guys are getting amazing physiques it would make sense to learn from them and employ a similar focus with your own training. In fact, take any high achiever, whether it be in business, sport, education, life experiences. Do you think these guys are wishy washy when it comes to what they want to achieve? Not likely.
For a great article that will give you top mindset tips (amongst loads more fat burning advice) click below…
Set very specific goals about what you want to achieve, work out a plan (or seek advice on goal setting), and get to it, work the plan.
You will always see top performing athletes taking their stuff very seriously, so to be a top performing fat burner, it makes sense to do it with the same attitude.
Athletes fat burning secret # 3…
Staying injury free:
Just as a plumber needs his tools, an artist his brushes, or software designer his computer, an athletes needs his/her body. And to make a living as an athlete this ‘tool’ needs to be fit, healthy, and functioning optimally. Being injured means not being able to work. So staying injury free is a prime concern.
Why is this important for those of us that aren’t professional athletes though?
Well, when it comes to exercising to burn calories, a healthier body will allow more continuous exercise without injury ‘time outs’, higher intensity exercise for better results, and will allow progression to occur for continuing benefits.
This is all achieved by:
Warming up properly and thoroughly
To see a full functional warm up click the link below…
Exercising with proper technique as a priority
Listening to the body and responding immediately to any twinges, aches, pains etc…
Knowing when to rest and recover to keep training at competing at the highest possible level
So learn from these guys. See how they train, how they think …and how they look!
About the Author: Adrian Woodall is a Personal Trainer and fitness author from the UK with 10 years experience in helping people to realize their health, fitness and physique goals.
Specializing in body transformations, Adrian has a true passion for giving people the advice and tools they need to change their bodies and lives. You can find more at
In his teens, Adrian started training himself in the gym (among playing many other sports). This lead to falling in love with the whole environment and started working in the fitness industry in his early 20s.
On top of training hundreds of clients to improve the way they look and feel, other client achievements include running marathons, climbing mountains, and competing in triathlons and ironman events.
With a goal of sharing all the things he has learned, and continues to learn, from working with people first hand, Adrian knows what tactics and techniques actually get results, what doesn’t work, and what could be simply wasting time and effort.
For more information on the Training, Nutrition, and Mindset needed to transform your body visit Adrian’s website,