This entry was originally posted in 2010. I am sharing it again as the original video was removed. I’ve added another copy below.
In the following video, Kai Greene discusses the significance of rage as it relates to training intensity.
I enjoyed this short clip as I understand Kai’s message. There is a time when it is useful to call upon the rage that lies within. Harnessing this rage does not make you a bad person. It just confirms that you are human.
In listening to Kai, two particular lines stuck out to me:
“There’s something else that has to be motivating me…”
This simple line carries a powerful message. To stand out from the crowd, you must be willing to push yourself to another level. You can’t conform to the norm when trying to be (or do) something that isn’t normal. I’m a different person in the gym. I’m not an angry person, but I can put myself in another state of mind.
Kai shares a similar belief…
“Be able to call on that when I need to, and that’s what makes me proficient at my job…”
You don’t need to live your life as a raging lunatic. You can however call upon the rage and intensity (or whatever you want to call it) when necessary. I might laugh with my children at night, but early in the morning when I’m back in the gym, I go somewhere else. I’m not a happy-go-lucky person when training. I’m focused and intense.
I prefer to train alone. I’m not looking to make small talk in the gym. I don’t care what you did last night or what you are doing tonight. I don’t want to be bothered or interrupted. When I’m in the gym, I like the music loud. I might get loud myself. I often pace back and forth between sets. I may grunt, scream, and mumble obscenities. I look and sound like a lunatic. Fortunately for me, no one is watching.
Find What Works For You
Please don’t misinterpret the message behind this entry. I’m not suggesting that you act like me. I’m simply sharing some of the things that go on inside my head. I love the intensity. There is no way I would achieve the same results if I trained peacefully with opera music playing in the background.
It’s also worth noting that such rage and intensity are not required for general health and fitness. You can certainly get in shape with a more peaceful approach. I do however believe that certain activities require a more intense state of mind. For example, if I’m training a fighter, I want him ready for war inside the ring. He needs to find that intensity in the gym. You can’t live without it and expect to find it on fight night. The intensity must be harnessed all along when training.
How You Do What You Do
I’ve often said that how you do what you do is more important than what you do. This is particularly true for those who bring real intensity to the gym. While training tools and styles are often debated, many forget the significance of individual factors. Intensity is one of these factors.
I don’t care what program you follow. If the intensity and drive isn’t there, you aren’t going to achieve anything significant. Conversely, if you are truly committed with raging intensity, you can do well with almost anything, as no matter what you do, you’ll continue to seek out greater challenges.
I believe my greatest strengths are my intensity and competitive drive. I like to be challenged and I like to challenge myself. I feel like an animal in the gym. I love to feel and harness the rage. Once I’m in the zone, I feel like I can do anything.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it. – John Wooden31 comments