The Ultimate Performance Enhancer!
By Dr. Rick Kattouf II
One of the main goals for athletes is to perform better, faster and to recover quickly. And, when individuals analyze their performance, the first thought is that they need to do more, workout harder, more intense, etc., in order to improve performance. Sure, working out obviously plays a huge role in an athlete’s performance. When athletes do not perform at their best, the immediate, knee-jerk reaction is more workouts, harder workouts, more frequent workouts and more intense workouts. But, more often than not, the answer to improved performance and getting faster is not about working out. The "performance enhancer" is staring right back at the athlete. It’s right there, right in front of them…just look in the mirror.
Let's go with the "workout more and harder" mindset. The athlete is going to do all they can to add as much ‘horsepower’ as possible so that they can improve performance. Let's use an 8,000-pound Hummer H1 as our example. We can put 700hp under the hood of this Hummer, but there is still a limiter. And the limiter is the weight; it’s still 8,000 pounds Point being, an athlete that is overweight and carrying excess body fat, is going to have a limiter no matter how much they workout and how intense they work out. Now, what if we put that same 700hp under the hood of a 3,000-pound sports car...ahh, now we have something.
If your goal is to improve performance, step in front of a mirror and examine who is looking back at you. If you see that person in the mirror is carrying excess weight and excess body fat, then the ultimate performance enhancer is staring right back at you and it does not have to do with working out more or working out harder. It is all going to come down to changing the composition of that body staring back at you. Therefore, while the workouts are important, let's take the focus off of the workouts. Because it's not harder and more intense workouts that is going to improve performance. Rather, it's focusing on the right nutrition, changing that body composition, getting leaner and lighter; that will become the ultimate performance enhancer.
How exciting is it that you can improve your performance without having to work out more, harder and/or more intense? All it takes is a laser-like focus on eating right and fueling the body properly and focusing on body composition change. Always keep that 8,000-pound Hummer H1 example in mind. No matter how much horsepower you add to this SUV, it will always be limited by weight. Let's take that limiter off and unleash the horsepower within!
SHOW YOUR WORKOUT WHO’S BOSS®!
Rick Kattouf II, O.D. is a 2x Best-Selling Author and Fitness & Nutrition expert and has been named one of America’s PremierExperts® and one of the World Fitness Elite® Trainers of the Year. Rick is a Sports Nutrition Specialist, Heart Rate Performance Specialist, Master Personal Trainer & Triathlon Coach. He has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates around the country as well as in the USA Today, Chicago Tribune, National Examiner, Ironman.com, My Fitness Pal, Livestrong.com, Runner’s World, Bicycling Magazine, Men’s Health UK, FIGHT! Magazine, Florida Cycling Magazine and The Independent in the UK. Rick is the CEO/Founder of TeamKattouf® Inc, CEO/Founder of TeamKattouf® Nutrition LLC, CEO/Founder of Virtual Gym LLC, Creator of TeamKattouf® Nutrition Supplements, Host of Rx Nutrition, author of Forever Fit, Creator of 5-Round Fury® Nutrition Supplement, 5-Round Fury Fitness® workout app, Creator of Coach2CEO, Creator of Fuel Keeper®, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. Dr. Rick has personally coached individuals in 30+ states and 10+ countries.