By Douglas Smith @DFresh39 on March 24, 2014
Many athletes are blessed with given talent, but some have to work harder to stay in shape, overcome injuries, and stay at the top of their respective sport. Among those not on the list who could be categorized as physical specimens are Patrick Willis, Dwight Howard, Stephanie Rice and diver Tom Daley. Wouldn't it be nice to have one of these athletes as your personal trainer to get to your top fitness level? One can wish.
Sam Stosur is often regarded as one of the most athletic players on the WTA tour. Stosur overcame Lyme disease and viral meningitis during a 10-month layoff in 2007-08, and focused on fitness to become a Grand Slam champion. She trains in the Florida heat and focuses on core and legs, but has some of the most toned arms in the sport.
If speed is your goal, then Carmelita Jeter is the way to go. She treats track as her job, and is always one of the first athletes in the gym. She switches between the track and weight training routines to keep fit. It helped her become one of the fastest women in the world.
Floyd Mayweather is pound-for-pound one of the greatest fighters of all time. He finds his motivation in thinking about what his opponent may be doing and wants to push further than him. He suggests training with a friend. If Mayweather was your personal trainer, expect a lot of work with the medicine ball.
Lebron James had to make the list despite his given talent. James has had the spotlight and scrutiny on him since an early age, so he has to keep pushing himself. James blends cutting edge exercises with classic weight trainin, and his methods are now featured on an uncut video series. Maybe you can pretend King James is your trainer with the magic of the internet.
Lolo Jones managed to be one of a handful of athletes to qualify for the Summer and Winter Olympics. She was known for her core workouts to succeed on the track, but had to add muscle to be successful on the sliding track. She knows various training and understands different nutrition plans that can be helpful as a trainer.
You have to be a physical specimen to be a heptathlon competitor. Nadine Broersen has also won the Dutch high jumping championship. Earlier this month, she won the pentathlon at the world indoor championships. Broersen based her gold-medal performance on great high jumping, and finished with 4,830 points.
Many of you have probably seen Mike Trout's leaping ability, whether it is from robbing home runs or his own personal videos. Aside from his powerful legs, Trout focuses on upper body mobility and strength with a wide variety of grip exercises like pull ups, seated cable rows and dumbbell work.
Natalie Coughlin's favorite piece of workout equipment may be the TRX system favored by many swimmers. She posts her own training video pointers often, including from a hotel room for travelers to stay fit. Aside from swimming, Coughlin uses running, yoga and pilates to stay in shape.
Jamaal Charles had to overcome a serious injury for an NFL running back, so his workout routine focuses not only on strength, but also on injury prevention. Charles will help you work on speed in all directions and having the right footwork to excel at your sport.
Rafael Nadal has also battled injuries lately, but has come back in top form. His ability to recover is one of the best in the sport. Nadal focuses on core and upper body strength; he also engages in a heavy amount of sprint training, as you can see by the way he always beats his opponents into position for the next serve.
Is there any doubt that Serena Williams works out harder than you do? She is featured in the Nike Training Club app as one of the superstar advisors. She has stayed at the top of the tennis world for many years, and her training has a lot to do with that. An example of a moderate workout for Williams is 15 reps of push-ups, crunches, squats and burpees without any breaks.
JJ Watt sees Mike Trout's leaping ability and laughs, or so it seems. Watt's transformation since emerging at Wisconsin has been amazing and he has shared a lot of crazy workout routines. He likes to play hockey for variety as well. One of the most famous videos of Watt shows him flipping a 1,000 pound tire about 30 times during what was supposedly a post-workout exercise.
Usain Bolt has a lot of given talent, but tell me you won't want to learn from the fastest man on the planet. Bolt often does three sets of every exercise and follows a tempo of 30 seconds off, 30 seconds on. The routine isn't too crazy, as he favors leg raises, reverse crunches and side planks. His diet may be the best part of his fitness.
Not only is John Cena a nice guy contributing to the Make-A-Wish Foundation more than anyone else, but he also could teach you just how to strength train. He helps others in the WWE stay fit enough for the rigors of wrestling entertainment. Size and strength is the ticket for Cena, and he has begun to endorse more and more fitness products. Expect a typical weightlifters workout routine on day three.
To come back from a major injury to once again dominate the NFL takes someone in great physical shape. Peterson prefers high sets with lower repetitions, but would put you through a lot of exercises in one day. One full day will be dedicated to shoulders, which may be the reason Peterson is able to drag tacklers with him. Although his legs truly never stop.
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