Sunday , Sep , 01 , 2013 Matt Formica

Michael Jordan was the best because he worked the hardest; rare workout footage (VIDEO)

Thanks to stack.com, we now have a rare look at how Michael Jordan trained off the court.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Probably the greatest lesson we can learn from Jordan is that if you want to be the best at something, you need to outwork the competition.

Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls File Photos

In the debate of who the best NBA player of all-time is, there is no debate.  It's Michael Jordan.  Jordan finished his NBA career averaging 30.1 points per game, (which is insane over the course of a 15 year career, especially when you consider he left in his prime to pursue baseball, then retired later and came back to play two seasons with the Wizards) 5.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds.  He amassed 32,292 points and won six NBA championships.  And his accolades go on and on..

But if you ask anyone who's ever been close to the game of basketball or Jordan as a person or player, they will all cite the same reason for Jordan's success:

He just worked harder.

And courtesy of stack.com, we now have a glimpse into the off the court workout regimen of the greatest NBA player and one of the greatest athletes to ever live.  See the video below.

Tim Grover, the trainer who worked with Jordan and whom is featured in the video, really highlighted what set Jordan apart.

Michael was "the most competitive individual I'd ever met," Grover said.  "He never wanted to lose at anything, always felt like someone else was gonna outwork him, so he wanted to outwork them … He practiced extremely hard which made the game very easy for him."

Most of us are not, nor will we ever be, professional athletes.  But Jordan's off the court work ethic and attitude towards preparation transcends any profession.  Like my good friends' father used to say, "The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary."

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