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Dan Gable Boxing in his Rocky Gym

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you have probably seen me reference Dan Gable. Not only was Gable one of the greatest wrestlers ever, he was equally successful as a coach. It is not often that such a dominant athlete can mirror his own success while coaching. Many great athletes have natural abilities so they struggle to teach others who do not possess the same raw talent. Gable was unique in this regard. As the head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa, he led teams to 16 NCAA titles and 21 straight Big Ten titles. In other words, Gable knows a few things about training and athletic development. When he speaks, it is a good idea to listen.

Unfortunately, Dan Gable’s message does not receive nearly as much attention as it deserves. For instance, the video below has only received a few thousand views despite being online for almost two years. By sharing it here, hopefully more people will listen and learn from one of the greatest athletes and coaches to exist in recent history.

As for the video itself, it is always nice to see athletes from other sports who benefit from the heavy bag. Perhaps I am biased as a former fighter and current boxing trainer, but I have always felt that heavy bag training was useful for athletes in many sports. Punching the bag will improve coordination, power, hand speed, and more. These are physical attributes that will prove useful for all. You certainly do not need to be a fighter to benefit from heavy bag training. And it goes without saying that heavy bag training does not require a state of the art facility. For example, I have shown how an old stack of tires can be used as an effective punching bag (see here).

In summary, Dan Gable signifies one of the greatest examples of low-tech, high-effect training. Gable never relied on anything fancy to prepare himself for the mat. The difference between Gable and everyone else wasn’t the tools that he used, but rather the relentless effort and drive that he displayed continuously year after year. Plain and simple, Gable outworked everyone around him. He was as relentless with his training as he was on the mat. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If there was ever an athlete or coach to study and learn from, Dan Gable’s name certainly deserves a spot towards the top of the list.

Also see: Dan Gable’s Home Gym

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I was going to work at it every day, so hard that I would be the toughest guy in the world. By the end of practice, I wanted to be physically tired, to know that I’d been through a workout. If I wasn’t tired, I must have cheated somehow, so I stayed longer. – Dan Gable

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4 Comments so far

  1. Eric May 14th, 2014 9:16 am

    Gable boxes like a wrestler. teehee. I heard Gable used to run between his classes while at college, and it seemed he was always training. Was some guy that was the son of Mass. governor back in Marciano’s day named Peter Fuller who boxed and wrestled, and it was said he boxed like a wrestler and wrestled like a boxer. A former standout wrestler in the late 50′s named Danny Hodge tried his hand at boxing professionally. I believe Hodge ended up with a 7-1-1 record or something like that. Anyhow, Hodge lost one bout to an outstanding huge heavyweight(at least he was huge back then) named Nino Valdez. Valdez was a top contender back in the day. Hodge had a grip so strong he could bend a pair of pliers. I believe he still has a video on Youtube where as an elderly man he’s seen crushing an apple with that iron grip.

  2. Eric May 14th, 2014 11:49 am

    Remembered reading an article about then heavyweight champ Leon Spinks(shows you how old I am)where part of Neon Leon’s training was to bear hug a heavy bag and walk around the ring for X-number of 3 minute rds. Have no idea how much the heavybag weighed.

  3. Mike May 14th, 2014 4:23 pm

    Right on Ross. Love Dan Gable “if its worth doing do it everyday” I agree he doesnt get the recognition he deserves by many in the younger generation.

    Thanks for posting.

  4. richard May 15th, 2014 2:50 am

    i could not agree more with everything gable said. all the advice on training is golden but falls on deaf ears to all the universe of looking good, beach muscle pumpers! i was pushed into ‘rocky’ style training before ‘rocky’ but none other than gable ..who was featured in an olympic short documentary during the games about his training and motivation. in judo training it was very basic body weight style moves heavy on the functional aspect.. when i wrestled pro for a couple of years with ‘luchadors’ all their in and outside ring workouts were bodyweight,tumbling,ring rope to rope sprints etc. as an old timer the outside or any space on the floor is great for a workout!! kettlebells ,ropes, bands,tires,sledgehammers etc . all work well in this environment. i concur with gable on where are the major networks as far as wrestling goes! endless auto races, basketball games and other so called sports are ignored for the original olympic sporting contest that tests all manner of atributes in the participants!! bravo dan gable and ross for bringing this to the masses!!

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