Interesting story from today while training a crew of mean and hungry wrestlers and gridiron gladiators….
2 high school kids stopped by the gym. 1 of them looked to be 220 lbs of drugged up muscle. He was arrogant and delusional at the same time so it struck a chord with me. He was telling me how he was going to enter MMA and it kind of broke my heart.
I had seen this kid maybe 3 years ago and he was 130 lbs. It broke my heart to see he took the path of chemical enhancement when he was just a teenager. He will never know what he was able to accomplish his own.
Watch the video below and see what I mean….
I used to be the pretty boy bodybuilder myself. I LOOKED big and strong but when it was time to compete for sports, I was NOT strong. I would fatigue physically early in wrestling matches. This would then effect my psychologically / confidence and if you’re a Coach, you understand how the mind drives the body.
The wrong training will crush your performance.
Beach muscles are completely different than muscles that perform in sports.
I used to be impressed when I saw athletes all pumped up, until I started seeing many of those bodybuilder looking athletes getting their a** kicked. I’ve seen this in Wrestling & Football quite often. The strongest guy in the weight room is not always the best athlete.
I had to explain this to my athletes when one of them told me how he got intimidated when his opponent was all jacked up BUT he said the kid did NOT feel strong when he competed against him.
The kids we train at The Underground Strength Gym….. They have become BEASTS and they are ready to compete in the REAL world…. their training has served a purpose beyond just “looking good” or getting 6 pick abs.
If you want to build a Gladiator’s physique, or maybe you want to dominate in your sport, or maybe you just want to walk tall and have the confidence knowing you strong in the gym AND in life, then you MUST stay FAR away from today’s fancy training methods.
The fads, the gimmicks, the short cuts…. Don’t avoid the tough work, the hard work…. chase it and embrace it!
I don’t care how many drugs a guy takes to look jacked, once it’s “Go Time”, the fake muscles will not get the job done.
We can call this building “Functional Muscles” or what was coined decades ago, Transfer of Training.
Does your training have a transfer to your sport, career, life?
The basics will never let you down and often times you need to get away from the pump up, squeeze and feel the muscle style training.
Train to Look Strong AND BE Strong….
It’s the ONLY Way to Walk the Talk.
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