1. A true athlete is not a 2 hour per day athlete. There are 24 hours in a day. An athlete needs to be aware of what they are doing to themself every hour of the day. Being an athlete isn't like hitting the "on" button on the Playstation 2; the body isn't just waiting around to be used.
An athlete's state one minute may change in the next minute. The body and mind is rewiring and evolving every living second. One set, even one rep will change an athlete to a different state than prior to the set or rep. What an athlete sees, hears, feels, eats, and drinks will change the mind and body's state. Nothing is constant, everything is always changing. Awareness is key.
2. Program sequencing is vital. Every workout, exercise, drill, set and rep needs to be sequenced to elicit a specific response or even avoid certain responses. As a coach, this is the ultimate challenge.