The idea of taking workout and nutrition advice from an ex-NFL player may feel a bit intimidating. After all, I can’t imagine myself doing a tire run or getting slammed by someone twice my size—or someone of any size, for that matter. But healthy advice from someone who danced one hell of a tango and won the DWTS mirror-ball trophy … now that, I can get on board with—though that may be my penchant for sequins talking.
After getting over my fear of an NFL-caliber workout, I dove into Donald Driver’s new book, The 3D Body Revolution and found it to be not only relatable, but also accessible. Everything is individualized, so it’s okay if you can’t lift NFL-level weights or ingest raw eggs first thing in the morning (go, Rocky!).
What makes it even more appealing, is Driver’s “3D’s” philosophy: drive, discipline, and determination. Thankfully, Driver is sharing the secrets behind his “3D’s” philosophy with us. Here’s a brief breakdown that will get you on the path to peak performance and phenomenal fitness.
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Decisiveness: Being decisive isn’t just about your ability to make a decision, it’s about being specific about what that decision is. The more specific we are, the more we can narrow our focus, and the greater the likelihood that we’ll achieve that goal.
Research: In this case, it’s researching exercise and nutrition, because when you’re well-informed, you make better decisions. And when you make better decisions, you get better results.
Individual Goals: Focus on your own goals and desires, your own body and health, not anyone else’s.
Viability: While you want to be specific, you still want to be realistic. You don’t want to try to aim for dropping more weight than is healthy, and you don’t want to strive for something that is bound to fail. We won’t always meet the challenges we set ourselves, but we should always set ourselves up for success whenever possible. Making viable goals is a part of that.
Emotion: You need to be passionate. The goal you set yourself has to mean something to you, which is why it is important to have goals that are specific to you. It can be hard enough to stay committed to something if you know the road ahead may come with obstacles. If the road leads to something you don’t care about—a route someone else has chosen for you—it’s going to be all the harder to maintain the will to move forward.
Necessity: As Driver puts it, “The best goals are the ones that are essential because those are the ones you’re most likely to see through.” This doesn’t mean you can’t, or won’t, achieve goals you want to hit for aesthetic reasons; it just means that the goals made from necessity are the foundation from which you draw your motivation.
DISCIPLINE & DETERMINATION
The other two D’s are having the Discipline to get fit and achieve your workout goals and having the Determination to eat in a way that supports your health and workout goals. Keep in mind, the individualized component makes it so workouts are not about reps, but improving your performance, and nutrition is about making small changes consistently, so it’s something you maintain and don’t feel deprived doing. It’s worth checking out yourself, so here’s a taste:
The Disciplined Workout
Shoulder Taps: Get into a plank position with your hands just outside shoulder width, core braced, back flat, and toes pushing through the floor. Maintaining this posture and not allowing your body to sway, lift your right hand off the floor and touch your left shoulder. Return it to the floor and repeat the movement with your left hand touching your right shoulder. While this tests shoulder stability, increasing the speed will elevate the core component. Or add a push‑up between taps to add a strength element and increase the difficulty level.
The Determination Diet
Recipe: Flank Steak with Herb Dressing and Charred Broccolini
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped fresh poultry herb blend
2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
1 lb. flank steak
¾ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. broccolini, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tsp. lemon juice
1. Combine 3 Tbsp. of the oil, 3 Tbsp. of the herbs, and the garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the mixture from the pan and place in a bowl.
2. Cut the steak into 4 equal pieces and sprinkle each piece with salt and pepper. Return the pan to medium heat and add the steak to the pan. Cook to the desired degree of doneness, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove the steak from the pan and place it in a shallow dish to collect the juices; then sprinkle it with the remaining 1 Tbsp. herbs.
3. Return the pan to medium heat and add the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to the pan. Add the broccolini and cook for 2 minutes. Add ½ cup water to the pan, cover, and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with lemon juice.
4. Divide the steak among 4 plates. Whisk the steak juices and herb mixture together. Serve the steak with the herb dressing and broccolini.
Excerpted from The 3D Body Revolution by Donald Driver. Copyright 2017 by Donald Driver. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York.
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