As we kick off another year of Michigan Athletics, we wanted to know -- what do University of Michigan student-athletes value most? Together with the Office of Student-Athlete Alumni Engagement, MGoBlue.com surveyed current and former student-athletes and asked them for their direct input. Starting on Monday (Sept. 1), MGoBlue.com will release the 10 most important values, with one being highlighted each weekday through Friday, Sept. 12. Join in the conversation on Twitter using #MyMichigan.
Monday, Sept. 1 -- Training
From practice to strength and conditioning to athletic medicine, every one of our student-athletes is trained to perform at the highest level in their respective sport. Without the day-to-day training, winning is impossible.
Training is the bread and butter behind a great program. A lot of times being successful at running is not about doing one or two big things, but doing a thousand little things right. The training here is what makes our teams so great. Championships are won in the offseason.
Women's Track & Field/Cross Country // Junior
Practice is something that we do every day. We won't be able to reach any goals if we don't.
Football // Graduate Student
As a student-athlete, you are privileged to be given the task of training at a peak level. If the banner over the entrance of the Canham Natatorium pool doors doesn't elicit a feeling of pride and motivation to train at your highest level each day, I do not know what would. Simply phrased, but powerful in meaning, the banner reads, "It's not every 4 years; It's every day." My four years of training with the hardest-working athletes and coaches has allowed for me to transfer that work ethic to my career today. Although I'm not doing doubles and am not jumping into a pool at 6 a.m. anymore, I carry that work ethic that I learned from my Michigan experience into my post-college life.
Women's Swimming & Diving // 2007-10
It was very important to be surrounded by motivated and like-minded individuals. The mentality of our program was and still is to get better. We were determined to prepare and commit ourselves to performing at the highest level, and our training staff held us to those expectations.
Women's Basketball // 2008-11
The training opportunities available across all sports at Michigan are unparalleled. As a member of the swimming and diving team, I personally have the tremendous opportunity to practice each day alongside Olympians and NCAA champions. Challenging training environments in which everyone is able to push one another ultimately enables our teams at Michigan to be so successful.
Men's Swimming & Diving // Senior
The everyday intensity that Michigan creates on the practice field is the reason winning is second nature to the everyone here.
Men's Tennis // Senior
For our team, training is not confined to Belleville Lake or the erg room on campus. Training at Michigan is a lifestyle. Every piece of work you do at practice, every hour of sleep, every minute of class and everything you eat affects your training. You certainly get out of it what you put into it.
Rowing // Senior
The quality of the training staff at Michigan is unmatched. The staff knows how and when to push our buttons, but each week, I am confident that I am in the best physical shape possible. The staff is full of good quality people and over the course of an athletic career, much of the staff becomes both mentors and friends.