How to Become An Elite Athlete

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The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans published by the Department of Health recommend 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of physical activity a week. But that's barely going to scratch the surface if you want to be an elite athlete. Two and a half hours of physical activity a week will help you to maintain a general level of overall health, but if you want to excel in a specific sport, you'll need a much more intense training regime than that...

In a survey of more than 700 Olympic and elite athletes, 58% of those surveyed said that dedication was the most important quality in a wannabe elite athlete. But practice isn't enough. You also need the right attitude, the right genes, and the right people around you to succeed at the highest level. It's a tough road—but the rewards are fame, fortune and glory. Sound worth it? Here's a quick look at how you start out.

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