The 8 Types of Athletes: Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Champion?
There are many types of athletes. Some sports require strength, some agility, some speed, and others endurance. There are also different kinds of athletes in each type. So there are two main categories: the physical and the mental. Physical athletes have to be strong and agile. They need to be able to jump high, run fast, throw heavy weights around, and do other things that involve strength. Mental athletes have to be quick and smart. They need to think quickly while moving at top speeds and doing other things that involve intelligence.
These are the guys who play football or basketball or some other contact sport where they use their muscles for power rather than speed. These are the guys who might be strong enough to pick up a car with one hand but not so fast that they could outrun a bullet. They’re usually tall and skinny, which means they don’t weigh much and can still move around easily.
These are the guys who play any kind of sport where they use their brains instead of their brawn. They tend to be shorter than most physical athletes, but stronger than most. They need quick reflexes so they can react to things quickly and think on their feet. These are the guys who go to college on scholarships to play sports like basketball and football, which are really just thinking contests in which you see who can push people around the best.
Strength of Mind and Body
These are the guys who play both kinds of sports. They’re usually tall, skinny guys with a lot of strength and some smarts. They’re smart enough to be successful in both sports, but strong enough to be successful at one or the other. They usually go to college on scholarships for either sports they play or academics.
Endurance of Mind and Body
These are the guys who play team sports. They have a lot of endurance and not much strength or speed. These are the guys who run the whole game instead of just running back and forth across the field like most of the other players do.
Natural Leader of Mind and Body
These are the guys who are team captains. They’re not as strong or as fast as most people, but they have good leadership qualities. They’re usually smart enough think of a good game plan and articulate it so that their team can follow it.
Coordination of Mind and Body
These are the acrobats. They have great balance and agility, but aren’t very fast or strong. They can play any sport well enough if they’re skilled enough, but their talents really show through in things that require a lot of balance and flexibility.
Socializer of Mind and Body
These are the guys who play for fun. They’re smart enough to think of a good game plan and articulate it so that their team can follow it, but they don’t really have any leadership skills. They’re not very strong or fast either, but they’re more than skilled enough to play any sport well enough if they apply themselves. These are the guys who show up to have fun and socialize with their friends rather than to win.
Over Confidence of Mind and Body
These are the guys who think they’re better than they really are. They tend to be more skilled than others, but not by much. They’re also very arrogant about how good they are and tend to show off a lot when they play, which often leads to mistakes that cost their team the game.
Under Confidence of Mind and Body
These are the guys who doubt themselves more than they should. They tend to not be very good at sports either, but when the pressure is on they usually step up and play better than everyone expected.
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