Archive for the 'Inspirational' Category
Following my most recent training compilation, I received several requests to create another with background music instead of a speech. Below is the latest montage with Let It Burn by stic.man as the background audio.
When times get hard, I go harder.5 comments
The video below is well worth a look. It offers a brief, yet powerful example of just how important the gym can be. What’s detailed throughout is something I’ve witnessed firsthand with many inner city boxing programs. The storyline is usually quite similar. Young, at risk teens find the gym as a way out and safe haven from the violence that surrounds them.
In my opinion, it is stories like this that need more attention. The fitness industry is one that’s often filled with internal battles and debate. While many prominent fitness professionals argue over whose methods are superior, there are millions of people around the world who still don’t do anything. Rather than bickering over whose rep scheme is superior, why not focus some of that energy towards getting more people involved in a healthy and active lifestyle.
As a trainer, I don’t care if someone trains differently from me. I’m happy just to see them exercising. Whether they opt for a different approach is irrelevant. Any trainer who suggests that their way is the only way is a fool. As I’ve said many times before, almost anything works. Regardless of what exercises you perform, it certainly beats a life of inactivity and neglect.
Get up, get moving, and encourage others around you.
Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.6 comments
Below is a new compilation video that I created with audio clips from Eric Thomas. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you have likely seen a few of his videos before. I am a big fan of the message he shares and hope that someone finds some inspiration from the video.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. – Vince Lombardi9 comments
Below is an inspiring video of a 64 year old great grandfather who didn’t begin exercising until age 55. He now performs bodyweight feats that many half his age could never dream of doing. To suggest that his quality of life has improved since he began training is perhaps the greatest understatement of all.
What I enjoyed most about his regimen is that he does the majority of it outside on the bars. There is no dependence on state of the art equipment or facilities. He has literally become his own gym. He can train wherever he goes.
Ironically, while this 64 year old outperforms most young men, training gurus around the world continue to complicate physical fitness. Perhaps more people should follow this man’s example as opposed to those whose primary interest isn’t your well being, but rather the size of their wallet.
It is stories of those like this great grandfather that need more attention. If we all encouraged more people to get up and begin moving, many of today’s health related problems would dramatically improve. Physical fitness is not complicated. The most important aspect of getting in shape is to get up and get moving. There is no single best way. Several roads lead to the same destination. Rather than confusing those who wish to begin the journey, let’s instead focus more attention towards getting people to actually begin.
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. – Martin H. Fischer10 comments
It has been over three years since I mentioned Fred Peterson on this blog. At the time, I posted a video of him deadlifting over 600 pounds. Amazingly at age 75, he’s still going strong and certainly worthy of another entry. The following video was taken last month. The strength that he displays at 75 is beyond incredible.
Perhaps my favorite video of Fred Peterson comes from 2008 however. In the video below, you will not only see him in action, you’ll hear him share some words of wisdom. He begins speaking at approximately 4:35 within the video.
Fred Peterson has been lifting for over 50 years. He’s also had his share of injuries, but they’ve never held him back. He keeps on grinding.
In his words,
It’s a lot of hard work, and it doesn’t come free.
Such a simple statement is truly invaluable particularly when uttered by a man with his accomplishments. At age 75, Fred Peterson is stronger than vast majority of strength and conditioning professionals today. The difference is that he’s not trying to sell you a short term miracle plan. Instead, he reminds us that the road to the top is a long and challenging journey. It isn’t easy, and that’s exactly why it is so unusual to witness his level of strength.
Unlike many from Fred’s generation, today’s world often seeks shortcuts to challenging obstacles. An impressive work ethic stands out more today than it did many years ago. If everyone worked hard, hard work wouldn’t be mentioned. It would just be part of the daily process.
Unfortunately, hard and consistent work have become a rarity. A week does not pass without someone asking me what is the fastest way to gain strength. These people want shortcuts. They don’t to hear that it is going to take time. They don’t wish to embark on what promises to be a challenging and often painful journey.
They can’t handle the truth. As a result, it is no surprise that so many quick-fix workouts and routines are hyped to the masses. Promises of instant gratification will always be more marketable than the truth. Fortunately, there are still some like Fred Peterson who remind us that the road to the top is an arduous journey, but also one that is truly rewarding.
Real strength requires a significant investment in time. There are no shortcuts. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you wish to develop impressive strength, prepare for a journey that will last a lifetime. It won’t be easy, but there’s no other journey I’d rather take. Like Fred Peterson, I am a lifetime traveler. I’ll keep grinding until my last day.
Those at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.7 comments