Motivation: Are You ready, pt.1
Before you make the commitment to satisfy your dreams and ambitions, whether it is stepping into a Pro Wrestling Ring, on the Pitch, in the Rink, on the Diamond you need to ask yourself “Are You Ready?” Many fail at obtaining more than obtainable dreams because they are not ready. As a founder of Right Coast Pro, a sports, entertainment, and events company in Delaware I provide every tool in my disposal to see the youth of today succeed in their dreams, however the ultimate responsibility falls upon you to make sure you are ready to give it all you have and put in the work & studies necessary to make it happen.
Presented today is Part 1 of a Motivational series “Are You Ready” to get you started on the path of athletic greatness. Written by Renegade Training Founder John Davies. Enjoy -JJ
"What was ‘simple’ in my early days of training, was the feel of cold metal, a bin for chalk and a wall-chart of exercises that still to this day reign supreme as being the most effective. There was never a shortage of older lifters ready to pass down wisdom built through experience for those ready to enter fellowship of the ‘iron game’ but then again it was a time when those with 'the blessing of experience' were provided respect. Unfortunately and despite claims otherwise, the iron game and the knowledge that weaved through its fraternity have been lost within the ‘digital age’ and have all but perished. Rarely are new ideas cultivated and the majority of the profession focuses its efforts on marketing and for those who enter the publishing world, how to re-package the works of others.
Though the last section will be argumentative to some, yet the facts are that the vast dearth of information published over the last decade is remarkably similar and shows little creativity, if not practical application. In-fact, I would argue that there is little difference in many publications, other than slick marketing efforts, as most training measures lack a full understanding of its effect, are ‘borrowed’ from the work of others and all too often are merely designed to gain attention. The impact of this is simply that the exercise enthusiast, whether their goals are for strength development or overall fitness levels are being passed down second-rate information. This must change with the only answer that through this column, I will look to cut through decades of misinformation and resurrect a corner of the Iron Game and Physical Culture.
What it will take If I was to look back in time, what is remembered the most is ‘hard work’.
Whether it was your first days of digging into the Squat racks or early moments of feeling the bar ‘bend’ whilst at the base of a Clean, working hard was an underlying theme.
I suspect the entire issue is not exactly ‘simple’ but in-fact relates to leadership, accountability and the part of the passage of the iron game. There was not only a sense of fraternity of being a member of a rare breed and with it, a responsibility to uphold an edict of hard work. This, ‘hard work’ agenda, is proven each day through the pure honesty within the training world. There is no 'faking' within the rugged domains of a lifting platform and within it; challenges would be met each day. Whatever language you spoke, whatever part of the world you lived in, the weights stayed constant and determination needs to be laid at the foundation. It gave you a unifying sense and one you could identify and look up to the legendary lifters of the day. Countless names in the sport ring out in hushed tone, from the early post World War II days John Grimek, Steve Reeves and Reg Park whom built the foundation for the 1960’s, the so-called ‘golden-aged’ of bodybuilding would build upon. Within Olympic weightlifting circles the list is daunting yet few of the era can forget Yury Vlasov’s epic performance in the 1960 Rome Games, Tommy Kono in the Helsinki and Melbourne Games or the often-groundbreaking training measures of Vasiliy Alekseyev. Simply the iron-game had its core of legends that were not only revered but also brought a sense fraternity to the sport of which membership demanded bulldogged determination.
However, whilst we all welcomed the acceptance and growth of weightlifting within the general public few would have imagined that it would also see the iron game cleansed of its fraternal aspect but equally ‘softened’. It is a matter of debate but the public acceptance and eventual financial motivation of many parties not only took the 'grit' out of the iron game but also made it overly complicated. To resurrect the ‘Iron Game’ it is not simply necessary to make use of classic movements and goals but find a sandpaper tough determination that defies the pristine gyms of today.
Finding the path
First off, as we resurrect this corner of the Iron Game, it needs to be placed within the special world of Physical Culture. Not simply the dear old friend ‘cold metal’ but the overall notion of health and fitness, long before endless machines and countless theories on ‘cardio’. My sardonic side gets the best of me but there was a time when the best Olympic lifters could jump into Bodybuilding circles or sport, with each being tremendous examples of overall athleticism as well as being the epitome of ‘health’.Remarkably, once we acknowledge the need for a return to respecting ‘Physical Culture’, our route to fulfilling objectives of over health, fitness, strength and athleticism become not only attainable but also ‘simpler’.
We have our goals, now we just need the path.
Are you Ready?
Through this introductory article, I have meandered through ideas of whether training truly is ‘simple’, considered the present-day training examples and come to the conclusion that maybe it is better called ‘confusing’. However, once said and done, we can press forward with the classic Iron Game and Physical Culture. Lifting as we will see if future editions is straight-forward back in the grand old days, not glistening machines just the honesty of 'cold metal' in muscle exploding exercises that take the one thing that can never be vanquished, iron will and 'never say die' determination. Yet that final point, so often used in clever marketing ads in today’s world but a rarely seen is the first ingredient for our mix. Try as I may, through countless articles, I never seem to capture, ‘what it takes’. Possibly the best way I can I explain that it to you as day turns to night and my temples are dotted with flecks of time I am heading to my own training session, my second brief workout of the day. There is no fanfare, just a bar, with a bit of rust, in a cold dark workout room on a slab of concrete. Once again I will wrestle mightily with the bar and despite the foe of time waging on and commentary I should be easing back, just as I did so many years ago, with a gleam in my eye, I will dig into those Squat racks. The plates have a special sound to them as they clang together, like fine crystal they sing out to me, telling me just as they did as a young boy to welcome challenge, drive forward and never allow myself to be vanquished."
- John Davies
Disclaimer The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of RightCoastPro, or any employee thereof. Examples used within this article are only examples. RightCoastPro is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the authors of this article. JJ Johnston, Renegade Trainer, Founder RightCoastPro, Active Athlete & Coach.
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