One doesn’t achieve the two-decade stint with superstardom that Tom Brady has accomplished without hard work and dedication to the craft. Famously one of the most health-conscious superstars on the planet, Brady knows what it takes to become not only a winner but also a dominant force. From his on-field antics to his off-the-field diet, sleep, and exercise, Tom Brady is a well-oiled machine that isn’t afraid to call out teammates who aren’t meeting their full potential.
Tom Brady’s TB12 Method
Observers who follow Tom Brady’s off-the-field work likely know about his TB12 Method. At face value, the TB12 Method is about resetting your body and making sure everything you do, eat, and strive for reaches max potential. The technique, which Brady wrote about in the book The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance (and which the New York Times described in a review of that book) aims to help people get the most of their mind, body, and soul.
The tome isn’t a standard biography, but a lifestyle book to show people how to be like Tom Brady. Though the scientific community has clapped back at many of Brady’s health claims, the TB12 Method still gives a fascinating insight into one of the greatest athletes in the history of professional sports. Of course, this starts with nutrition.
Brady avoids sugar, alcohol, and even some vegetables to stay in tip-top shape. It’s less about lifting weights and more about using the body for its max potential in ways that don’t always require a gym. The method might not work for everyone, but it’s unquestionable that Tom Brady has already met his peak potential, and whole books could be written about the long-term effects of his method. They help explain who he is as a person.
At 43 years old, Tom Brady is the elder statesman of the NFL. Many of his teammates were toddlers or infants when he won his first Super Bowl, and with little fall-off in the past 20 years, he’s not a bad person to look up to. Brady prides himself on being a fearless leader who holds his teammates accountable for what they do on and off the field. He spoke with Dax Shepard about this on the podcast Armchair Expert.
“There’s parts that I see, and I try to tell them. More recently, I’ll say, ‘Hey, how great do you wanna be?'” Brady said. “And they’ll be like, ‘What do you mean?’ I’ll be like, ‘I know you’re great. But how great do you really wanna be? Because I think you could better than anybody.’ And they’re like, ‘Huh?'”
Teammates may question him, but the results have worked for Brady.
“I learned these things over time because you don’t have many of these thoughts when you’re 20 or 25 or 30,” Brady told Shepard. “But you have kids, and you start thinking with more perspective, and you’re a little wiser, and you’ve told a lot of stories over the years, and you think, ‘What’s really gonna stick?'”
However, as with many superstar athletes, Brady’s techniques might not serve everyone the same.
Does the TB12 Method work?
Brady has helped lead several fellow NFL players to prolonged success. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and other former and current teammates have seen positive results, according to the Times. But there’s only one Tom Brady, and many superstars tend to forget that not every player thinks and works the same. For every Gronk, there’s an Antonio Brown or Aaron Hernandez who had time with Brady but struggled to reach the point he desires.
The TB12 Method explains Brady’s lengthy career. However, it doesn’t mention other star players’ techniques for greatness. Brady is a significant presence in the locker room, but it doesn’t mean he has cracked a code. The path to greatness holds seemingly endless roads, and those who want to unlock their full potential must know what’s best for them, not Tom Brady.