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Within my most recent video, I shared a story of an aspiring boxer who’d been told that he was too old to box. Since sharing that story, I’ve had a few women email me about similar experiences. They’d been told (by men) that they couldn’t become fighters.
In case you’ve ever been told the same, here is a compilation of women who have proudly refuted such ignorant advice.
Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. – W. Clement Stone1 comment
The video below is not directly related to physical training, but the message conveyed is relevant to anyone with lofty aspirations.
As stated within:
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
Jessica Cox is quite well rounded and accomplished. A few of her hobbies include playing the piano, flying airplanes and training in Taekwondo. What makes her unique however isn’t what she does but how she does it. Jessica Cox was born without arms.
In the brief video below, she shares some interesting thoughts regarding life and the challenges that it presents. Jessica has worked hard to perform many of the daily functions that we take for granted. We can all learn from her example. She maintains a positive attitude and is always looking for creative solutions to obstacles that stand in her way.
Her approach certainly beats getting frustrated when something doesn’t initially go as planned.
Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be. – Eleanor Roosevelt5 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
I typically use this blog for training and inspirational posts. I’d like to shift gears for this particular entry however. Those who have followed me for any amount of time have likely seen or heard of my dogs Tank and Jayda. I have shared many of their pictures and stories on Facebook. Tank’s picture was even included in my Infinite Intensity book. Following the book’s original release in 2005, Tank became known by many as the RossTraining mascot. Dog lovers from around the world have emailed me regularly about him for many years now.
Unfortunately, as many of you know, Tank passed away earlier this week. Since his passing, I have literally received hundreds of messages from people all around the world. Based on the outpouring of kindness, I wanted to thank everyone for their encouraging words and support. As every dog lover knows, it is devastating to see one of our four legged family members pass.
For those who have asked about Tank, he was actually in good health as recent as a few weeks ago. It was my other dog Jayda who first became sick. Since she was diagnosed with lymphoma, Tank stood by her side every moment and was visibly saddened by her illness. His heart took a sudden turn for the worse last week and he died in my arms of a heart attack. I truly believe he died of a broken heart. Mine is also broken as a result.
We now continue to fight with Jayda against her lymphoma but she’s unfortunately not expected to last much longer. Although we will continue to fight the inevitable, I wanted to give both dogs at least one more mention on the site. Both have been man’s best friend and then some. They have shared time with me at work and in the gym for what seems like an eternity. They have been the most loyal and loving companions to me and my family. I am already lost without Tank and can only imagine what it will feel like to lose Jayda.
Update – A week after writing this entry, Jayda passed away as well.
In closing, I sincerely appreciate all of the kind words that I’ve received. I could have never imagined so many people taking an interest in my two best buddies. Losing one unexpectedly while preparing to lose the other has been quite difficult. It is times like this when I fall back on the Henry Rollins quote listed below. Such words have never failed me.
The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength.
I look forward to getting back to updating the site regularly in the next few days.
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. – George Graham44 comments
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
In the video below, I discuss the importance of time as it pertains to significant training results. Contrary to what the marketers suggest, there are no quick fixes or shortcuts. Successful training requires a significant investment in time.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills10 comments
Below is a video that I came across on Facebook last week (see here). What you’ll see within is an 84 year old man repping out chin-ups like a champ. I had not seen the video on Youtube until today and thought it was worthy of a share.
If you haven’t seen it yet, it will take just a minute to rid yourself of any age-related training excuse. This elderly man is more capable on a pull-up bar than the majority of our population. Just watching him makes me want to knock off a few sets.
Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. – Oliver Wendell Holmes9 comments