It's 4:30 am.
As I navigated downstairs into my kitchen, I grabbed the 16oz glass of water. A memory hits my mind's eye with a Jocko Willink post saying, "you have been warned." With a picture of his TimeX Ironman Triathlon watch screen saying 4:33 am.
I finally beat him—time to hit the gym.
With social media, routine has become not just a word but a culture. There are many different philosophies, but in this culture, the central theme is the morning.
What's your morning routine?
This question is very familiar because you absolutely 1000% must have a routine in sports. It's not up for debate. If you want to be consistently successful, you have to be willing to set parameters.
In a recent email to our clients, I referenced Michael Phelps. I mentioned his pre-race routine. If you want to listen to a podcast that references this routine. Listen to it here (start at 26:06)
But, what made me think was, is there a perfect routine?
If I did what Michael Phelps did, would I be an elite athlete?
If I woke up at 4:30 am every morning, could I be one of the most intimidating men on the planet like Jocko Willink?
I lean towards no, but this is a big BUT; There is an underlying theme, whether waking up early or being systematic in your routine before a big event. And that's discipline.
Having the discipline to accomplish the task before your day starts. This can be reading 10 pages, drinking a glass of water, working out, or even jumping into a cold plunge.
As a former baseball player, I didn't get good until I had my routine. It's something that has stayed with me until today. Am I perfect with it, no. But it's my map. It sets my day in motion. I'm always tinkering with it to squeeze every ounce of juice in the day. I want to share my map and hopefully, there's a nugget in there for you.
HS Winter Routine: (focus on getting bigger, stronger, and have more power)
*looking back my primary goal was to gain more weight- the routine was nutrition focused and add more of the right calories
6:10am Make Breakfast, eat, shower
7:00am Head to school (40 minute drive)
7:40am Touch up on notes, visit a teacher, talk to friends
8:00am First Class
8:30am First snack (protein based)
9:30am Second Class
10:30am Second snack (protein based)
11:00am Third Class
1:00pm Fourth Class
2:30pm Third snack (carb based)
2:45pm Speed workout
3:30pm Strength and Power workout
4:45pm Skill training
5:45pm Drive home (40 minute drive)
6:45pm Dinner with family
College Winter Routine:
*looking back I was focused on developing my skill sets- specifically my ability to switch hit
7:15am Make breakfast, eat, shower
9:00am Class 1
10:00am Class 2
11:00am Head to the clubhouse
12:30pm Class 3
1:30pm Head to the clubhouse
2:00pm Individual and Team practice
4:30pm Team weight lifting
5:30pm Hit on my own
5:00am Make coffee, drink 16oz of water
5:15am Read 10 page in a book and take notes
7:00am Make Breakfast, Eat, Shower
8:30am Leave for work
6:00pm-7:00pm Finish up work
7:00-9:00pm Dinner/Free time
Spiker played at Missouri State University and professionally for three season. He has also taught private lessons for 10 years.