The Corporate Athlete: How to Achieve Maximal Performance in Business and Life

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Today's corporate world is much like the world of professional sports -- fiercely competitive, mentally and physically demanding, and requiring constant, vigilant, training. More than ever, to maintain health, happiness, and career success, executives and employees must become Corporate Athletes.

Based on the latest scientific and medical studies, The Corporate Athlete tells corporate competitors how to achieve maximum performance levels. Drawing on the parallels between sports and business, Jack Groppel reveals the integral roles that nutrition, fitness, and self-improvement -- mental, physical and emotional-play in giving corporate athletes their winning edge. Learn to:

* Have as much energy for your family at 8 p.m. as you have at the office at 8 a.m.
* Respond to change, adversity and crisis more constructively
* Slow down the aging process

Whether or not you can hit a home run or run a marathon, this program will train you to perform at the highest possible levels in both your professional and family life.

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Jack Groppel is a speaker-consultant on business issues and a partner in a company that helps sports stars such as Ernie Els and Monica Seles enhance their competitive edge by fine-tuning their training regimens and overall lifestyles. In The Corporate Athlete, he proposes a total program of nutrition, exercise, and spiritual fitness that's designed to do the same for those competing in the world of business. "Executives and employees in the new millennium can protect their health and happiness and continue to perform at high levels only by doing what athletes do--train," Groppel writes. "You must become a Corporate Athlete, which means adapting the training mentality of elite, high-performance athletes." His program is hardly "a quick fix," Groppel admits, but rather a demanding (albeit versatile) and multifaceted process with explicit short- and long-term guidelines. He clearly explains how carbohydrates and proteins, stretching and aerobic activity, and even ethics and values affect performance at work, for example, and offers practical suggestions for incorporating them into an already overcrowded day. He concludes by outlining a complete 21-day improvement program, which includes day-by-day goals for exercise and meals along with ways to track subsequent accomplishments. This book is for anyone, corporate or otherwise, looking to add balance to an otherwise stressful and hectic work life. --Howard Rothman

From the Publisher:

Dan Jansen, Olympic Gold Medal Speed Skater
"Dr. Groppel applies many of the same principles and techniques that I used to help me win my gold medal to the corporate world. He will have you performing like an Olympian at the office."

Jodie Abendroth, Director of Operations, Peter Lowe International, Inc.
"Until The Corporate Athlete, I was always in a constant, unrelenting state of go, go, go! Dr. Jack Groppel's material has trained me how to pace myself both personally and professionally. This book is a must read for anyone desiring to achieve maximum productivity without hitting the burnout point. Stress becomes your ally--fulfillment becomes your reality."

Peter J. Cathey, President and CEO, World Duty Free Inflight, Inc.
"You cannot be intimidated by the geographical challenges of global business. In the first four months of 1999 I traveled around the world twice; all the flights were at night as my days were filled with nonstop meetings. I felt great at the beginning and at the end of all my travel. The recipe for beating the jet lag monster is contained in The Corporate Athlete."

Beatrice Cassou, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
"This book is essential reading for every corporate athlete working in today's highly competitive corporate world. The tools learned from this book will enhance performance and enable executives to achieve their potential both inside and outside of the workplace. This book will change your life!"

Tom Hopkins, Master Sales Trainer, Author of Sales Closing for Dummies
"In The Corporate Athlete, Jack Groppel shows you why it makes more than perfect sense for anyone in business today to analyze his or her mental, emotional and physical needs then to take the simple steps he teaches to maximize their performance abilities. I highly recommend it!"

Sherri Sklar, Vice President, Business Development, ABT Corporation
"Brilliant... The Corporate Athlete takes the lessons learned from elite athletes and applies them to people like us who are duking it out, day in and day out in the corporate world. Now I have more energy than ever, I look better, I feel better, I'm in the zone when I need to be, and I am more at peace with myself and my life than ever before."

Mike Richter, Goalie, New York Rangers
"The Corporate Athlete is a clearly written, well researched work on an often-covered but seldom-understood subject with one glaring difference: It works! Dr. Groppel gives the reader insight into how lifestyle affects our moods, energy levels, and overall health. Understanding these concepts is absolutely critical for anyone interested in performing at peak levels."

Darlene Hamrock, Regional Vice President, Clinique
"Outstanding...The Corporate Athlete is a truly comprehensive program to help you achieve both your personal and professional goals. It will help you take control of your life and effect positive physical, mental and spiritual change. The Corporate Athlete will show you how to focus on the important things and gain true balance in your life."

Augie Nieto, President and CEO, Life Fitness, Inc.
"I hired Jack Groppel to come to our annual senior management meeting to do his stuff. It truly was phenomenal -- fifty people left the meeting room with a blueprint on how to have more energy, added focus, more balance in their lives -- and the way to be more successful and on the mark 24 hours a day. Jack delivers the 'how' in how to be mentally tough!"

Albert J. Dunlap, author, Mean Business
"In today's global, competitive world -- where you are either a Corporate Athlete or sitting on the bench -- you need to take care of yourself mentally and physically. The Corporate Athlete tells you how."

E. Paul Roetert, Ph.D., FACSM, Director, American Sport Education Program
"Dr. Jack Groppel is the world's leading authority in the translation of scientific sport science research and information into popular language. He has helped thousands of athletes, coaches and executives become the very best they can be. His entertaining and educational speaking style has enabled him to touch many lives and, most importantly, change people's lifestyles for the better. The Corporate Athlete can give you a healthy life while still maintaining the competitive edge in business. This book is perfect for anyone wanting to improving the quality and quantity of his or her life while also increasing productivity in the workplace."

Clarence "Pooh Bear" Williams, NFL Running Back, Cleveland Browns
"The information and strategies contained in The Corporate Athlete not only enabled me to lose over 85 pounds to make my playing weight, but it has also helped me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Now I feel totally prepared to bring all my talent and skill to life."

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