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Elite athletes behave and practice much differently than average athletes. The study of elite athletes had led us to some startling conclusions about how to create better athletes, or become a better athlete ourselves.

The main differences are the way elite athletes use visualization, and their practice habits. Rather than just using their imagination, they actually 'travel in time' and they inhabit the body of their future selves fully. Using the power of the mind, they teach themselves how to perform in the future moment during a game scenario.

When it comes to practice, great athletes always practice with purpose. They use 'deliberate practice' 100% of the time, to make the most of their training regimen, and advance more quickly than other players.

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.