Full-Time Athlete


What is it like to train full-time? Will it really “maximize your potential”?

This break was one of the best opportunities I have had to relax and enjoy training. I didn’t have the stress of school, teaching, or coaching. My entire focus was placed on training for around three and a half weeks. I ate my protein, vegetables, fruits, and good fats. I slept as many hours a day as possible. I trained anywhere from 3 to 4 hours a day. I logged my training, assessed HRV, collected bar velocities, and surveyed my mood. I was even able to find some athletes in the area who were willing to train with me mostly everyday. Prior to this I was stressed with final papers, grading, and finding a way to manage eating, sleeping, and training. However, I was still able to get most all of my training done.

So, what were the results? Well, I PRd all of the lifts I was testing (My training can be found under recent topics). Prior to this I was at a plateau. I have around 5 years of training experience, and I had milked the “re-training” effect within the first 2 or 3 months of beginning to train again. I am not saying this to brag, but to highlight the importance of eating, sleeping, and managing stress. It is quite possible I will never be able to get this type of training environment again, but it was fun while it lasted. In short, if your an athlete, do your best to maximize the basics. You may not have access to a world class physio, coach, or training environment, but you might be able to optimize other areas.


John Evans

John Evans

John has a BS in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, and is currently pursuing his MS in Sport Science from Northern Michigan University. He is an assistant combined events/jumps coach for NMU women's track and field team, and USATF/USAW level 1 certified. Previously, John interned at Athletic Lab for two summers under owner/director, Mike Young.

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