Training Lessons From Tiger Woods

Yesterday I talked about waking up early and eating breakfast. Today I want to talk about having a plan.

Napoleon Hill stressed in his bestseller Think & Grow Rich that every goal should start with a plan. There are guys who do too much planning and never get anything done (perfectionists – afraid to make mistakes as if that was bad). But most guys have no plan and as the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail.

What’s your goal? Gain muscle, develop strength, melt away fat. How are you going to do this? Train smart, eat right, be consistent. How will you make sure this happens? You make it a lifestyle. How? By repeating the exact same steps until they become automatic. Good news – it only takes 30 days to build habits.

So if you want to make sure you eat breakfast every day, you should start by coming up with a plan for your day. Some questions to help you get started…

  • What time do you start working? Let’s say 8am.
  • What’s your commute time? Let’s say 1h.
  • How much time do you need to cook foods + eat breakfast (I say 1h)
  • How much time do you need to get ready for work (15mins max!)

Yes, waking up at 5:45am to do all of that is early. But: no more guilt from skipping breakfast, no more ending up hungry at work and raiding the vending machine, no more frustration because you can’t achieve your goals. If you don’t have a plan like this, you’ll go with the flow and that’s a huge recipe for failure.

As an example, pay close attention to Tiger Wood‘s daily routine that I’ve discovered on his official website…

  • 6:30 a.m. – One hour of cardio. Endurance runs, sprints or biking.
  • 7:30 a.m. – One hour of lower weight training.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast.
  • 9:00 a.m. – Two hours on the golf course.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Practice putting for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Noon – Play nine holes.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Lunch.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Three-to-four hours on the golf course.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 30 minutes of upper weight training.
  • 7:00 p.m. – Dinner and rest.

My point is not that you need to do all the training he does nor should you look at how he trains and eats. Instead notice how he has structured his day: fixed wake up, training and nutrition times. This is what I call having a plan.

Very, very, very few guys are willing to take such a radical approach. We have a term for them: winners.