For the most part, I don’t watch sports…
but two sports I watch fairly consistently are
mixed martial arts and tennis.
And this past weekend I watched
two amazing champions compete in these sports.
One was Anderson Silva,
long time Middle Weight Champion of the UFC
who successfully defended his title for the 10th time
and won his 15th straight fight.
The other was Roger Federer, my favorite tennis player,
who won his 17th major title, breaking his own record,
tying with Pete Sampras (another favorite of mine)
for most Wimbledon titles and regaining his
number one ranking and will soon overtake that record
for the longest cumulative time as number one.
Both of these athletes are considered the best,
perhaps the best of all time.
Neither of them are the best in all areas.
Silva’s takedown defense hasn’t evolved enough to stop the very first takedown attempt of his last fight.
Federer is consistently beaten by the upstart Nadal
who will likely never own the records Federer does.
But the records, the numbers, don’t lie. They are the best.
So what makes them the best?
How are Anderson Silva and Roger Federer the same?
When we look at champions in different sports,
we often examine how similar their psychologies are.
I’m sure there are some common traits
betwixt these two champions:
attitude, motivation, fortitude among them I’m sure.
I don’t focus on their mentalities,
I want to focus on their physicalities.
Specifically, their movement.
Obviously, Martial Arts and Tennis are different sets of movements.
But I don’t want to compare the “what” of their movements,
I want to compare the “how” of their movements.
When you watch Anderson (on his feet),
he moves effortlessly in the cage.
The commentator described Roger as
“making no noise as he glided across the court.”
Think that is a coincidence?
That neither of the athletes waste any force into the ground?
They are incredibly efficient as well as being effective.
To go along with it, they are effortless.
What if we trained how they are:
effectively, efficiently, and effortlessly?
How would our training be different?
How would our results be different?