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Step Up Your Game

The Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and Achieve Total Health

As a sports and wellness medicine practitioner whose clients include Olympic and professional athletes, triathletes, and weekend warriors, Dr. Naresh Rao has uncovered the secrets of how and why elite athletes consistently perform at the highest levels. In Step Up Your Game, he reveals what separates the best athletes from the rest of us, despite our best efforts in any chosen sport.

According to Rao, top athletes know that peak performance requires much more than consistent practice. He reveals a comprehensive program that takes into account every aspect of optimizing wellness—from monitoring health to improving nutrition, following a thorough training protocol, and developing a plan for recovering from and preventing injury. The mental game is just as important as the physical one; these athletes make sure to address their motivational, psychological, and spiritual needs, too. In short, the athletes who are at the top of their game know that if they want to improve—whether it’s their accuracy at the goal, time at the finish line, or consistency of play—they need to take each of these aspects into consideration every single day.

Step Up Your Game reveals how remarkable success is available to athletes with the conviction and desire to improve. By integrating Dr. Rao’s program into an existing fitness routine, readers will take ownership of their training in a systematic way, remove the stress that often hampers outcomes, and—most importantly—begin to fully enjoy their exercise experience as they work to achieve their healthiest selves.

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“I know that it takes a village to raise an athlete. Athletes need coaches, mentors, trainers, therapists, psychologists, and others for guidance and support. Step Up Your Game emphasizes the importance of the ‘entourage’ approach to training and helps get athletes ready for the starting line.” —Gwen Jorgensen, Olympic triathlete, two-time ITU World Champion

“After more than thirty-eight years of experience as a professional tennis coach and player, I can say without hesitation that Dr. Naresh Rao’s Step Up Your Game is the most comprehensive and effective sports performance book I have experienced. If you’re interested in success as an athlete at any level, I strongly recommend reading this book.” —Angel Lopez, 1999 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year (Tennis), 1995 USPTA National Professional of the Year, 2005 PTR International Pro of the Year, 1994 World Team Tennis Coach of the Year

“In Step Up Your Game, Dr. Naresh Rao accurately zeroes in on what makes athletes maximize their potential. From the beginner athlete to the Olympian, this book has practical tools for all levels. The effectiveness of the book is that it can be used for any sport, it is beautifully laid out in an easy-to-follow format, and you don’t have to go hire expensive consultants to get high performance guidance. I highly recommend it!” --John Abdou, High Performance Director, USA Water Polo

“In my 40-plus years of being a leader in the NBA for the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76er's, I know what kind of talent and hard work it takes to consistently perform at the highest level. Step Up Your Game does one of the best jobs at laying out a blueprint any athlete of any walk of life, any sport and most importantly at any level can use to raise their game. I highly recommend this read to all those who aspire to step up their game!" --Pat Williams, Orlando Magic, Senior Vice President, author of Humility

“I know that it takes a village to raise an athlete. Athletes need coaches, mentors, trainers, therapists, psychologists, and others for guidance and support. Step Up Your Game emphasizes the importance of the ‘entourage’ approach to training and helps get athletes ready for the starting line.” —Gwen Jorgensen, Olympic triathlete, two-time ITU World Champion

“After more than thirty-eight years of experience as a professional tennis coach and player, I can say without hesitation that Dr. Naresh Rao’s Step Up Your Game is the most comprehensive and effective sports performance book I have experienced. If you’re interested in success as an athlete at any level, I strongly recommend reading this book.” —Angel Lopez, 1999 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year (Tennis), 1995 USPTA National Professional of the Year, 2005 PTR International Pro of the Year, 1994 World Team Tennis Coach of the Year

“In Step Up Your Game, Dr. Naresh Rao accurately zeroes in on what makes athletes maximize their potential. From the beginner athlete to the Olympian, this book has practical tools for all levels. The effectiveness of the book is that it can be used for any sport, it is beautifully laid out in an easy-to-follow format, and you don’t have to go hire expensive consultants to get high performance guidance. I highly recommend it!” --John Abdou, High Performance Director, USA Water Polo

“In my 40-plus years of being a leader in the NBA for the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76er's, I know what kind of talent and hard work it takes to consistently perform at the highest level. Step Up Your Game does one of the best jobs at laying out a blueprint any athlete of any walk of life, any sport and most importantly at any level can use to raise their game. I highly recommend this read to all those who aspire to step up their game!" --Pat Williams, Orlando Magic, Senior Vice President, author of Humility