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One of the most competitive sports in the world is cycling. A very accessible and simple sport, requiring relatively little thinking or strategy, the real competition in cycling is against yourself.

The motivation to grind out a more and more intense training schedule is what drives athletes to greatness is cycling, so a lot can be learned about motivation for practice and training from the world's best cyclists.

Watch this video to learn the best ways to motivate yourself to train for cycling, which can be applied to any sport, of course. A cyclist's motivation will take you far for your preparation for any other sport.

From the outside looking in, it seems that Michael Jordan was simply a rare talent who was gifted from the beginning; possibly destined to be a champion no matter what. However, after observing his workout routine, his discipline and mindset, it doesn't take long to see that it wasn't mere luck that made him the greatest basketball player of all time.

It was well known that his commitment to improvement was unmatched among his teammates. Most of his life in professional sports revolved around improvement, and encouraging his teammates to improve. The workout schedule he set for himself was notoriously rigorous, even among the NBA elite. This is some rare footage of his warm up and practice routine that involved heavy volume weight lifting, practice taken to extremes, and constantly pushing himself to get better at the sport he loved.

Watch the video above if you need some workout inspiration or if you'd like to adopt the workout routine of a champion.