Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Training - "...tell them you want to "go in with a fist of hate."

9/7 - press, chins, dips, pike pushups, speed bag, sauna, stretch
9/6 - stretch
9/5 - squats, chins, lunge, box jumps, knee raises, bench pistols, stretch
9/4 - stretch
9/3 - stretch
9/2 - bench, chins, inverted row, pushups, bridge, speed bag, stretch
9/1 - stretch

The Walk-On – Jim Wendler: "That part of your life is done, and if they want to "go out with a bang," tell them you want to "go in with a fist of hate." People may see this as cold. I see this as part of achieving your greatness...

If possible, have someone in your life that won't coddle you, but call you out on your bullshit. Whenever I faltered from this attitude my father set me straight.  Complained about school? Suck it up and study.  The coaches won't look at me? Quit crying and get better.  I don't like my job! Change your attitude or quit and do your own thing.  I don't make enough money! Find a way to make more. People tell me I'm too blunt and "mean" when I answer training questions. Be happy it's not my father answering them...

While at Arizona, the walk-ons had a separate locker room. Old school cage lockers stuck inside a utility room/boiler room/storage room. When one of us got called up to the Big Locker Room, we were all happy for him (there's a huge sense of camaraderie amongst walk-ons), but we couldn't help but be a little jealous. If you weren't, you didn't have the right attitude. There's an old saying, "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser." Instead of bitching about it and pouting, most of us put our heads down and worked harder – that's how you properly channel setbacks and challenges. You're either a man of action or a bitch...

And when practice is over, the rest of the team goes for the Team Meal while you trek back to your room for ramen noodles and RC Cola. You couldn't feel less a part of the team at this point. But that's the way the world works, and something very valuable I learned from all this is that you don't get treated fairly, nor should you. The idea of fairness is a ridiculous notion – if you have something to offer then you should be treated as such. If you're a scrub in life, don't expect to be treated like someone that has value...

There are two kinds of people in the world: the ones that protest and complain and want fairness despite never having earned it, and the ones that fight their asses off to be important and make a contribution. You have to earn the right to be treated fair. The people that have a problem with that are the scrubs. If you take one thing from this article, let that be it."