Train To Win: A Winning Book in My Book

In my very limited free time I like to read articles and books in order to stay current as well as to help direct me toward my aspirations.  I’ve recently read a really great book by Martin Rooney called Train to Win: 11 Principles of Athletic Success. Mr. Rooney has traveled throughout the world providing trainings and seminars for world class athletes.  He has trained Olympians, UFC fighters, MLB, NFL, NBA, and WNBA.  I picked up the book knowing he created the Training for Warriors system; my goals seemed to align with his martial arts/lifting background.  I found that the book was written so that anyone having any athletic target can benefit from it.  He left room for customization to tailor fit the concepts to the person and the sport they are doing.  Rooney used examples from a large variety of sports to demonstrate how universal these principles can be.


The book, practically a manual, begins with the personal characteristics needed for success, defines some core values, and then proceeds with the 11 principles that will guide an athlete to achieving their goals.  A few of the characteristics he finds important for success are vision, discipline, mental toughness, growth from failure, attention to detail, and consistency.  Each has been designated a chapter in Train to Win in order for Rooney to explain.


  • Vision
  • Discipline
  • Mental Toughness
  • Growth From Failure
  • Attention to Detail
  • Consistency

Rooney also described some core values that are helpful in achieving greatness.  We all have our own values and he emphasizes that we need to honestly tell ourselves what our own values are.  He tells us to define ourselves as we are now and also as who we want to be.



  • Honesty
  • Commitment
  • Excellence
  • Competitiveness
  • Professionalism
  • Respect

The last chapters are dedicated to the 11 principles for athletic success.  These principles build upon each other.  For example, you need to understand before to can individualize your workouts.


  1. Understanding
  2. Individualization
  3. Solid foundation
  4. Specialization
  5. Periodization
  6. Training economy
  7. Continuity
  8. Progressive Overload
  9. Variety
  10. Nutrition
  11. Recovery

I would love to go into more detail, but I urge you to read it yourself instead.  This is an excellent book  whether you participate in golfing, skiing, biking, running, boxing, or any other sport.  If you want to succeed you ought to give this book a shot.

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