Archive for the 'Training' Category
Below is yet another powerful video from CT Fletcher. And as I’ve mentioned before, if you have a problem with foul language, please don’t bother listening. CT speaks his mind and is known to mix in some descriptive f-bombs from time to time.
As for the actual video, I couldn’t agree more with the message he shares. I too am a firm believer in the significance of intangible variables that aren’t visible on paper. Back in 2008, I wrote about the individual factors that often determine the success of an athlete. I reiterated a similar message in one of my recent videos.
Within that video, I stated that these intangibles are highly relevant to my success. These variables can’t be seen or quantified yet make a world of difference for me and and my athletes. Workout success isn’t based on how many sets and reps you do. Success depends on what you put into the work. As Ray Lewis would say, effort is between you and you.
Effort isn’t based on what routine you follow or what exercises you perform. Effort depends on what you bring to the table. How much are you willing to give? How much are you willing to put out?
It is unfortunate that certain athletes never figure this out. They live and die based on what is written on a piece of paper. They do what the workout tells them to do. They never look to raise the bar and do more. They never tap into the inner resources that are available to us all.
Don’t make that mistake. Dig down and find out what you are made of. If you live in fear of going too far, you’ll never find out how far you can go.
Don’t underestimate the significance of the mind. It can make or break you.
Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate. – Vince Lombardi2 comments
This entry is an update to a previous post from 2012. The original video that I shared was removed from Youtube. As a result, I have added two new videos below. Within each, you will see a man (James Mason) who once weighed over 500 pounds. Doctors told him that he would be dead within 5 years if he didn’t make drastic lifestyle changes.
Fortunately, those changes came when James began training at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Thailand. After 18 months of training, he has now lost over 300 pounds.
The first video shows him in the early stages.You can then see his drastic weight loss when viewing the follow up below.
You will also notice that James did not need anything fancy to get in shape. Old school, fight conditioning has always been one of the most effective training styles. Success does not depend on the tools that are used, but rather the effort put forth towards whatever you do.
Hard, consistent work with the basics is often more effective than the most elaborate training systems and tools.
When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied. – Herophilus18 comments
I recently shared the picture above on Facebook (courtesy of Damiano Rosso). The photo shows a boxer training with a homemade punching bag at the Kampala Boxing Club in Uganda. Since posting the photo last night, I’ve had several people ask about how to create one of these bags.
Last year, I posted a tutorial that details the steps. I will do so again here for those who are new to the site.
Tires can also be used to create an uppercut bag. An example of this set-up can be seen next.
Tires can also be used on their own to perform a variety of conditioning exercises. There are literally countless options with nothing more than a tire. Several ideas are demonstrated here.
As you can see, successful training does not require a fancy facility. It is possible to succeed with almost anything, including nothing. If you need examples, look no further than the Kampala Boxing Club referenced above. Several world champion fighters have been developed within those walls. Their success was not based on equipment, but rather hard work, dedication and making the most of what was available.
Improvise, Adapt and Overcome!3 comments
Below is yet another entertaining video from CT Fletcher. If you haven’t heard of him before, be aware that he’s known to drop a few f-bombs when speaking. If you are sensitive to foul language, don’t bother listening.
To those who don’t mind, CT tells it like it is. His message below is one that all should listen to and apply. I couldn’t agree with him more. Effort means everything and it is entirely up to you. Once you’ve given everything you have, there’s nothing to be ashamed of regardless of the outcome.
In summary, if you want something, go get it!
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. – Edward H. Harriman3 comments
If you are accustomed to reading this blog, you know how serious I am about staying focused within a workout. I have written and spoke about the topic many times before. A few recent examples can be found here and here.
Fortunately, I am not alone with these beliefs. In the video below, you will see former Olympic wrestler and world freestyle champion Terry Brands share similar thoughts. If you are an athlete or coach, listen closely to his words. Despite what may appear to be simple and obvious, I’ve seen countless athletes do exactly the opposite of what he suggests.
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. – Zig Ziglar1 comment
The video below is not directly related to physical training, but the message conveyed is relevant to anyone with lofty aspirations.
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Every single day you’re the result of what you did on the days prior.
Unfortunately, this simple yet powerful message is often overlooked. Many make the mistake of focusing solely on what they want to become. They only see the end goal, thus overlook the important steps that must be taken before.
As I’ve mentioned many times, significant results require a significant investment in time. You must be prepared for the daily grind. You must be prepared to fail at times. Setbacks and obstacles are part of any challenging journey. Don’t be fooled to believe otherwise.
To become successful, you must approach each day with the attitude that what you do today will influence tomorrow. This pattern must be maintained repeatedly day after day. The clock never stops ticking. There is always something that can be done now to benefit your future self.
Future goals are not magically achieved. What you become will depend on what you do. In some way, we are all the product of our actions. Make deliberate choices to achieve the goals that matter to you.
Patience is bitter, but it bears sweet fruit.4 comments
In the video below, I discusses the importance of deciding for yourself exactly what you want to accomplish, rather than letting someone else dictate how you live your life.
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. – Flora Whittemore8 comments
Below are two updates that have been added to the homemade equipment archives within the forum. First, you will find a fast rope that can be used for climbing.
Additional information can be found at the following article:
A PVC based home gym can be found next.
Additional information can be found at the link below:
For more homemade equipment ideas, please refer to the archive section within the forum:
It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project. – Napoleon Hill1 comment
Below is a new video which serves as a follow up to my previous video about the significance of focus within a workout (original video here).
In this most recent video, I continue the discussion regarding training without distractions. I stress the importance of identifying potential distractions and then proactively attempting to correct or minimize them.
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee2 comments
Below is a link to a new interview about training and life that was conducted by LiveFitter. I enjoyed answering all of their questions and hope others enjoy the interview.
Thanks again to LiveFitter for featuring me.
Every day is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.8 comments