When you were a little kid, did you ever dream of becoming a professional athlete? Maybe you wanted to be just like Michael Jordan and play in the NBA and win six championships. Perhaps you grew up admiring Serena Williams and you wanted to play in Wimbledon just like her or maybe you grew up watching football with your dad on Sunday afternoons and always wanted to  follow in the footsteps of Walter Payton. No matter what sport you liked, or which athlete you followed, chances are at some point in your life, you wanted to be a professional athlete.

As a young kid with a big dream, did you ever think about what it took for these men and women to get to their respective positions? Did long hours at the gym appeal to you? How about the time away from family when they were forced to play across the country? Often times we just see the millions of dollars they are getting paid and forget about all of the other items that go along with it. In today’s blog, we will be focusing on the long hours spent at the gym.

Cristiano Ronaldo, depending on his match schedule, trains an average of five days a week for four hours at a time. Mo Farah, one of the greatest long distance runners of all time, runs an average of 135 miles every week. During the offseason, Lebron James can be found working out an average of five days a week, switching between spin classes, pilates and versaclimber classes. During the season, James works out and plays basketball seven days a week. Still have the desire to become a professional athlete?

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