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The Makings of a Champion

By admin | In Psychology | on October 7, 2011

‘Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming” – John Wooden

What defines a champion?  Is it determined purely by athleticism and achievements or does character come into play?  Does he have to be a role model or can he behave as he pleases?  Most people will differ in their opinion on this matter.

When I think of a champion, I imagine someone who performs (or had performed) at the pinnacle of his sport.  The adjectives talented, disciplined, passionate, compassionate, confidant, humble, and determined come to mind.  He is a good sportsman, leads by example, and leaves an indelible mark on those he meets.  His contributions make the sport better than when he entered the arena.

Coach John Wooden’s pyramid of success is a roadmap to achieving your goals through the building of great character.  I encourage  you all to become champions in your pursuit of health and wellness.  Whether you are in the arena competing in a sport, or setting an excellent example of fitness for your grandkids, make your indelible marks and leave the world a better place.

How do you define a champion?  Does anyone in particular fill those shoes for you?  Post to comments.

WOD 10.07.11

Deadlift 1×5 or Wendler

Rest 2 min
Rest 2 min

**Tabata: 8 rounds of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest**

7 Comments to "The Makings of a Champion"

  • Nik says:

    October 7, 2011 at 6:38 AM -

    A champion to me is someone who refuses to let circumstance define his ability to succeed. They don’t let repeated failure break them down, instead using it as fuel. Most importantly, a champion delivers when it matters most.

  • Dan says:

    October 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM -

    When I think of a champion. I think of guys that are selfless, and are able to make players around them better. I think that’s key, “can you make people around you better.” Can you get more out of a person than what they think they are even capable of. Guys that come to mind- Cal Ripken Jr., Joe Gibbs, and Michael Jordan.

  • Michael H says:

    October 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM -


  • Nik Werre says:

    October 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM -


    Nicu Vlad fits my idea of a champion. So does Pyrros Dimas and a few other weightlifters. Straight beast mode when it counted

  • Nik Werre says:

    October 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM -

    I’m going to just flood this thread today…
    Ruth – do you have Wooden’s book? Any of them? If not, I will be sending you a copy

    1. ruth says:

      October 7, 2011 at 7:31 PM -

      Nik, I don’t have Wooden’s book!!

  • Corrine says:

    October 7, 2011 at 2:58 PM -

    A champion is a woman who refuses to let her circumstances define or determine her results. She is informed by her vision and never sees failure as an option. She is determined, focused, driven, and resourceful. She is Corrie Ten Boom, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Dolores Huerta, Amelia Earhart, Vandana Shiva, and Wangari Maathai. She is inspires champions to rise around her.

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