Yesterday I trained a baseball team.
I had a short amount of time, so we rocked out lots of bodyweight training and then we spoke about the advantages of strength:
- increased speed / power
- reduces injuries
- reduces chances of overuse injuries
- improves conditioning & work capacity
- improves mental toughness
The list goes on and on.
Now, if you were a serious athlete, coach or parent, you would do anything you could to get an advantage over your competition, right?
Well, one kid said, "I'm just not into weights."
Think about it.
I went to a baseball club, not a team that just anyonce can join... this is a team, hand picked after try outs and applications.
Here is a "serious" kid who isn't into lifting weights.
This is kinda like the video I made of all these half assers out there who talk a big game but don't step up to make it happen.
So, here's a kid who said he wants to play in college, wants to get a scholarship and even go to the majors.
Yet, "I'm not into weights."
Translated into "our" language:
"I'm NOT into Winning."
he truly doesn't want to win.
What are your thoughts?
PS: for those into winning, here is my home study course, you'll kill it with this bad boy:
A little something about entitlement…
Some things are just supposed to happen; the rising of the sun, the changing of the seasons, a Will Smith movie release during the Fourth of July weekend. We tend to take that approach with a lot of things in life and we typically end up disappointed because of it.
We aren’t supposed to pay this much for gas. We aren’t supposed to come close to losing in international basketball. The Yankees aren’t supposed to be in South Beach in October after they spent all that time building (buying) their team.
We’re sore losers. Not so much because we’ve lost something—but because our opponent didn’t just roll over and let us win. In an age where reputation is everything, we expect everyone to hold up their end of the deal. Continue to be awed and the awesome will continue to be awesome. Please, no heartwarming underdog victories. No gutsy upsets. Just fold under the crushing weight of the expectations and the speculations. Thank you.
Fortunately for sports fans everywhere, most teams don’t subscribe to that doctrine. That’s due to a rule that we all learn as soon as we’re old enough to take the field: you have just as much right as the next person to be here. If you work to get somewhere, you deserve to be there. If you don’t work and you end up somewhere else, you deserve to be there just the same.
Unfortunately, it seems that the health and fitness world is rife with a sense of entitlement. Like a gambler who is always trying to get back to even, there’s more reaction than prevention with fitness, and the healthcare world in general. We’re busy asking buddies to bail us out of debt instead of trying to eliminate the habits that got us in debt in the first place. The solutions are simple. If you have a gambling problem, don’t fly to Vegas. If you want to eat healthy—stay away from cake.
There are no brownie points (pun intended) for treating yourself well. People tend to think points are stored in a mythical jar to be used later as payment for diet mishaps or exercise excuses. A 30 minute walk cannot be traded in for a slice of cheesecake. Health and fitness is more like a tennis match than a savings bank. Days are games, weeks are sets and months are matches (years would then be a tournament). Each time you make a healthy choice, you get one point. Each time you make an unhealthy one, the opposition—what you don’t want to look and feel like—gets one.
You can play hard and establish a two-set lead on your opponent. With that type of breathing room, you can afford to sacrifice a point or two. Your weight or body fat won’t disappear just because you want them to. You’re not entitled to that, but you do have a right to look and feel great if that’s what you focus on everyday. You don’t want to skate by with a victory. You want to crush your opponents. Win the tournament every year. Then put the trophy back down and get back to work for the next year, you aren’t guaranteed to win.