The practice of sport should be a passion: in order to master it you really have to enjoy it. However, it doesn’t matter the type of athlete you are, there may come a time in which you will evolve from an amateur into a professional sportsman.Which is the best training plan to make the leap to the elite?
Look for the help of trainers’ academies
The difference between normal practice and professional training is specialization, and it consists of techniques, discipline, programs that only professional sport can offer. So if you want to be a football star, you should go start by looking for football teams, schools etc. and do not stay in the simple continuous practice because this will not help you with some specific techniques or strategies.
This applies to any discipline: if you really want to become a professional tennis player, you may be interested in enrolling tennis programs in the Rafa Nadal Academy, and the same with any sport..
Take it seriously and take time to practice
The difference between amateur practice and professional practice is the same as that between a hobby and a job: in the first case, we devote the hours that we want and when we want, just because we feel like it. The latter is something we should take seriously: with a rigorous training where we devote daily hours which allow us to improve every day and observe positive results.
If time does not allow us to combine studies with sports, there are academies and high performance centers where a full curriculum (which we should never abandon) is performed.
You just need to set your goals
As we indicated, the sport practice must be vocational. You cannot be the best just because you are required to do it, and even less if we talk about being a professional. Therefore, you have to decide for yourself the goals. Do you want to be just good and competitive? Do you want to make the leap to the elite and participate in tournaments ? Do you want to devote to it and become professional ? Do you want to participate in the Olympics Games?
Decide your goals and go beyond them. According to these goals you can choose the best training program for you.
Have a plan
Whether alone (although not recommended) or with help of professionals, you need to seta training plan, supervised by a professional, and follow it.
Improvements in sport are not achieved just through physical exercise or bodybuilding. According to the sport we practice, we sharpen some skills like agility or precision, but without forgetting strength, dexterity, coordination etc. They are also very important.
Therefore, a professional can design a suitable program for you to focus on the most necessary abilities for practicing your sport but without forgetting or the rest of skills. That is, a football player, even if he just needs his legs to run and kick the ball, must also train other skills. And it is the same for a tennis player, who should not focus only on his or her arms but need to keep fit in general.