Do you train to workout, or train for the fight? Few of us will ever compete, but that doesn’t mean we have little to fight for. The week has started, so it’s bench day. The gym is packed, Drake is spilling out of your oversized headphones and you’ll set up 135 – It’s just a warm up. After several sequential sets, you bench what you benched since JV football. What are you training for? You train for ambiguous goals: be healthy, fit, shredded as fuark…but when there’s no real goal in mind, you end up just spinning your wheels. Wheel spinning doesn’t equate to much in the real world, and at the end of the day you may be knocked out in less than 35 seconds. So, what are you going to do on this Monday to make yourself better next Monday? We asked John Davies, founder of Renegade Training, to give us a glimpse into his life, and what has helped him not only become a world class athlete but to coach some of the greatest on the field today as well.
Somewhere just after a searing pain shot through my body and a renowned surgeon pronounced that my athletic career was over I made a decision to ‘fight back’. This decision did not come quick but a slow evolution and in many ways a metaphor of ‘small steps on the uphill journey’.
The youthful dreams of elite level sport ended in a moment with an injury that would change everything, but through the trials a greater career of serving sport as a coach would be developed. Odd to consider but as I look back now, the injury was a great blessing.
Unable to walk without a limp, I began to cycle near midnight to a local school track. Without fancy equipment my ‘bike clips’ were layers of tape to ensure my foot stayed in place as I slogged through training session after training session. Studying gait and movement sequencing, I would arrive at the track near midnight and put in the hours to learn how to walk properly again. It took months before I could make the turn on the corners, but in time the walk turned to jog and the jog to the sprint.
There would however be no turning back of time, no way to reverse the damage done but the lessons were rich. I can’t say I don’t go a day, no a step, without feeling the ‘discomfort’ of the injury but equally that searing prod is the jolt the pushes me forward.
- Dream. Every great accomplishment begins with great aspirations, hence dream and dream big.
- Fuel success. Talk truly is ‘cheap’ and actions speak louder than words. To achieve your goals you will need to acquire the skills and knowledge required, and then put them into place within a well conceived plan. Acquire the target, study ‘the path’ and ‘lock down’ the result.
- Relentless. It is not over until you say it’s over. Never surrender.
- Target Success. Focus upon the target, study ‘the path’ and ‘lock down’ the result. Learn what it will take to excel, put the plan in place with complete commitment and FOCUS.
- Paint the big picture with a fine brush. No detail is too small. Whether this applies to your sleep patterns, recovery efforts with contrast showers or ‘attacking’ time in the gym, understand the big picture and pay attention to the details.
- Eliminate distractions and maintain discipline. Time is a precious commodity and never to be wasted.
- Leave the herd. The ‘herd’ finds comfort in those who accept being ‘average’ and will be highly negative towards those who aspire to greatness. Never be average; leave the herd for they are headed to the slaughter.
- Welcome challenge. The uphill journey to success comes with daily challenge, and one of the first steps is ‘welcoming’ such as opportunity. Challenge is an opportunity to learn from ‘small victories’ and minor set-backs.
- Today. Yesterday is ‘gone’ and tomorrow starts today. Victory in the future is reserved for those who apply their efforts NOW.
Finally, as far as that old injury it’s still there but so am I and this game isn’t over until I say it is. Each day at dawn, each night I do what I do and not once have I given up.
Prepared by John Davies
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