Train like a champion?

We’ve mentioned before about how many of what our contemporaries try and sell you sounds waaaayyyyyy too much!

“Train like an athlete, eat like a nutritionist” anyone?

No thank you.

Sounds really hard and not much fun.

I saw another good one the other day.

“Train like a champion” a local competitor suggested.

I presume it’s not just me that has the same reaction to that?

Here’s Mo Farrah’s training plan:


AM: 10-mile recovery run (6:00min/mile pace)

PM: 6-mile recovery run


AM: 4-mile warm-up run; 8-12mile tempo run anywhere from 4:40 to 5:00min/mile pace (depending on altitude and terrain); 3-mile cool-down run

NOON: Strength and conditioning session (1 hour)

PM: 6-mile recovery run


AM: 12-mile recovery run, followed by a massage.

PM: 5-mile recovery run


AM: 11-mile recovery run

PM: 5-mile recovery run


AM: 4-mile warm-up jog; 10x200m intervals (with 200m recovery jogs) on grass in 29 seconds each rep; 10x200m hill sprints at equal effort, walk back down to recover; 4- mile cool-down run.

NOON: Strength and conditioning session (1 hour)

PM: 4-miles easy


AM: 11-mile recovery run, massage

PM: 6-mile recovery run


AM: 22-25 miles, no slower than marathon race pace + 1 minute (for Mo, this means 5:40min/mile)

I could google and find similar plans in for any champion athletes in various fields.

Now fair play to Mo for doing that.

But that’s his job.

He doesn’t have to fit in 40+ hours of work on top of that.

Is that feasible for 99.9% of the population?

Survey says: Uh uh!

Personally I generally train like an aging, injury riddled, very busy person with four kids who wants to get / stay in pretty good shape without sacrificing their social life.

And I should imagine you want similar (check if you do and haven’t already).

Whilst I, and you, would, of course, be in better shape if we followed Mo and chums’ programmes…………..

Is it worth it?

The results don’t justify all that effort for most.

From our experience, the key for most people is to get the biggest bang for you buck.

The best returns on investment.

Pretty good results from as little a work as possible.

Get the key things in first.

1. Regular exercise that you enjoy (or at least find tolerable). With like minded people. In an intimidation free atmosphere (Survey says: Ding! –>

2. A weekly average approach to eating that takes you in the right direction (Ding ding! –>

3. Adopting a ‘slow down and speed up as circumstance dictates. But don’t stop!’ mindset (Ding ding ding! –>

You don’t need (or want) to “train like a champion”.

Much love,

Jon ‘The Wonderhorse’ Hall and Matt’s League’ Nicholson

About The Author

Jon Hall

Starting in the fitness industry in 2002 and working up from free-lance Personal Trainer to Club Manager, Area Manager, and now co-owner of The Academy - Group Transformation Centre as well as training new Personal Trainers for the PT Academy, running online programmes and developing support products for other PTs, Jon has seen and done it all in his chosen field.   With a passion for helping people change their lives by addressing thought processes and mental breaks (rather than shouting at people at telling them to eat less and move more), Jon has an unparalleled record in helping people achieve amazing life and body transformations.   Enter your info in the box to the right of the screen to find out more about how we can help your transform your life and body in as little as 28 Days.   You can read '28 things you might not know about Jon'' here   Visit the main Academy GTC site:   Website keywords: Macclesfield personal training weight loss gym