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The Performance Life

Tiki Barber's New Workout Plan

Two years ago, Tiki Barber walked away from the NFL at the top of his game, still one of the league’s best running backs at the age of 31. He left the balance of a lucrative contract on the table, stepping away one year before the Giants won the Super Bowl.

Barber had prepared himself well for his next career, spending his off days for seven seasons working in a variety of media endeavors. As a result, there was a bidding war for his services the moment he retired.

These days, he works for NBC in a variety of roles. He contributes to the network’s NFL coverage, but spends more of his time working for The Today Show, Dateline, and MSNBC on political and feature stories. Along with his twin brother, Ronde Barber of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he’s co-authored five children’s books and even recently released his own fitness book, Tiki Barber’s Pure Hard Workout.

Whether you're transitioning into a new career yourself or looking to move up at your current gig, Barber's strategies can help you find success in any endevour.

1. Preparation is Paramount
“What made me a good football player was not my size and strength, even though I was strong, but how I prepared and got ready for a game mentally and physically. The same applies in my new media career, probably even more so. I prepare a lot so when I interview somebody I’m not caught off guard. The parallels between football and working in the media are very similar.”

2. Always Look Long-Term
“I started working in the media in 1999 so in 2006 when I hung it up, I had a lot of tape, a lot of work and a lot of reps. Making the next step was logical and easy for me. You have to see ahead of yourself, not just what’s right in front of you. That’s tough because it’s easy to get stuck looking right in front of you because that’s what’s most important. But it’s looking at the trends going forward that’s going to lead to success.”

3. Alter Your Training for Your Lifestyle
“I’ve lost about 15 pounds (from 209 to 194) since I retired. I didn’t want to be a meathead on television with big shoulders and neck. My neck went down an inch and a half since I retired and I lost a lot of my chest; it makes me feel more comfortable. I now get mistaken for Ronde and that never used to happen because I looked so much bigger. My training is more diversified. I do yoga, take a spin class a couple days a week. I’m in the gym once or twice a week doing heavy weights, but not as much as I used to."

4. Get Started Early
"I find if I don’t train in the morning, I get too busy and it’s easy to make an excuse and not do anything.”

5. Seek Out Business Mentors
“I have a company that’s acquiring and rehabbing affordable housing with Steve Ross, who has just bought half the (Miami) Dolphins. He has an affordable housing piece of his real estate business and we signed a joint venture to help him with some properties in Virginia and North Carolina, a couple in Florida, and in the New York metropolitan area. He has a great little motto: surround yourself with young people because it keeps you energized. He foresaw the economic downturn and took appropriate measures. That idea of seeing trends ahead of time and not getting stuck focusing solely on the present is the type of thing I’ve gleaned from him. Looking at the trends going forward leads to success. That’s a path I took in my personal life to prepare myself for what would come next and the same thing applies to business.”

About The Author

Pete Williams – Pete Williams is a contributing writer for CorePerformance.com and the co-author of the Core Performance book series.

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Tags: Focus, Goals, Attitude, Planning