How to become a successful athlete

In this article, we will share the story of Rob who is a unique athlete with gold medals in three different weight classes and the importance of following your own drive to have fun in sports and specifically in martial arts. The full story about how to become a successful athlete is based on a podcast episode from Sports Views Podcast.

This is a shorter article based on an interview with the Dutch Rob Haans from the Sport Views Podcast! The sports we are talking about are Martial Arts. In this episode, you will learn a lot! Actually, Rob has a great career as a successful athlete as well as a successful coach. Rob will share what it is like to train, train and train but also how to deal with injuries and getting back to win everything. Rob Haans also talks about finding passion in everything you do and that prioritizing and planning are key to his successes.

The team is the key to becoming a successful athlete

In this first part of the interview with Rob Haans, you will learn that it is possible to change your sport in your late teenagers and you will also learn that you can take a long break and get back into the sport successfully. Rob will also share why he changed weight classes 3 times and won gold at all of them! Furthermore, Rob will share why the team is key for success and that planning will help you find time to relax. And of course much more, here are some highlights in the conversation:

8.20 – Rob’s first sports memory is when he cried at the first judo classes

13.10 – From his first judo classes at 5 years old to the injury that changed him

20.10 – Got invited to the national team

22.20 – What Judo and Jujitsu are

26.40 – His first international medals and then why he took a 4 years break and made a comeback in a new weight class

39.30 – The feeling of changing a weight class a third time

49.00 – How does a day look like for an athlete

59.35 – Why his passion is to compete and being nervous

1.08.45 – The memorable sports object, his first gi (gear), with a special feature

If you want to get a great overview of Rob’s successful career, you better check out this video

Listen to the full episode in the player below or at your podcast player.

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