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07/30/2012 08:37 am ET Updated Sep 26, 2012

Want to Train Like an Olympian?

I have had the pleasure of working with some of the greats. I love it. Why? Because they have drive. They have drive because they have goals. Big goals. Everyone I meet has a long list of things they want to accomplish. I have done some major head-scratching over the years, asking myself: Why do some people achieve their goals, and others do not? The answer finally came to me, and it was really quite simple -- "deserve level." The ones that achieved their goals deeply believed they deserved to. When you feel you deserve something, you take daily action to turn it into reality. And it always does because... You deserve it. Try these 12 tips that I use with all my clients. If you stick with them, you will be well on your way!

1.) Listen to your body. If something doesn't feel right, your body is telling you something. Figure out what is wrong and immediately fix it.

2.) Never say, "I will do it tomorrow." Do it today. Do it now.

3.) Always train as if the cameras are rolling. Live in the moment. Focus on proper form and give it your all.

4.) If you don't have a lot of time, take one body part and do 100 reps non-stop.

5.) Don't over-think it. A lot of people waste their time thinking and fretting about exercising, so jump in. You'll be finished before you know it.

6.) Do things that are fun. If you enjoy it, and the results too, you will keep coming back for more.

7.) Train with an expert at a minimum of once a month. It is worth every penny. It helps you use your time efficiently and get the most out of a routine. If you don't have access, try a workout DVD.

8.) Only reward yourself if you have put in the time and done all the work.

9.) Always exercise and then immediately stretch. It leaves you feeling energized and tension-free.

10.) Consistency is key. If you are not consistent, you will get only half -- or no -- results.

11.) Breathing is paramount. Be aware of your inhales and exhales. Don't force or hold your breath.

12.) You can't be good at everything. I was prepping one of my DVDs and I put a gold-medal athlete that I train in one section of the DVD, and it wasn't for the body part that he uses for his sport. I had him doing the advanced version. I was very surprised that he couldn't do it. I had to put him in the intermediate spot. He knew what he was good at -- and knew how to focus and be the best at it, and not waste time or energy trying to be mediocre at many different things.

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