Hard Work


By: Gym Jones

The following paragraph is excerpted from John Jesse's remarkable book titled "Wrestling Physical Conditioning Encyclopedia", published by The Athletic Press, Pasadena, CA, in 1974.

The writer would like to conclude with a personal message to wrestlers and coaches alike. It is taken from a talk given in 1964 to coaches at the National Collegiate Track Clinic and quoted many times by authorities throughout the world, "There is no shortcut to strength development, as there is none for the development of skill, agility or endurance in an athlete. No amount of fancy gimmicks or equipment or adoption of alleged time-saving 'fads' will substitute for a long term program of hard work, that is required to develop the quality of strength needed by an athlete for optimum performance in his specialty. Greater progress in track and field during the past 15 years has been the result of harder work by the athletes, not by resorting to shortcuts and less work."

The following images do not necessarily illustrate intelligent training. They simply show a few people who have dug themselves into a deep hole by working hard. If the day's workout prescribes hard work (as opposed to recovery or "conversational" intensity) and you can read a magazine, or talk, or take a sip of your favorite sports drink, or recognize it's your phone that's ringing, or if you're not feeling dizzy, then you are not working hard. Avoiding hard work isn't wrong but it should not be confused with embracing effort, mouth wide open and giving it a bit of tongue ...






Some of the 300 stunt crew after a Lunge Ladder done according to the "Carolyn's Sadistic" rules


MFT after a 2km row

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The following paragraph is excerpted from John Kellog's metaphoric essay posted at letsrun.com (http://www.letsrun.com/2004/jkguide.php) a couple of years ago. The article describes, among other things, "the trend toward abandoning the basics in favor of minor details and shortcuts." The highest levels of performance and the most fulfilling accomplishments will always result from attention and hard work. Could it be reduced beyond this level of simplicity?

"Some participants had a natural gift for paragliding, borne of purely physical qualities which were innate and which could never be attained, although each individual's basic abilities could be cultivated through diligent practice. Most of the naturally talented ones worked almost exclusively on improving their rock climbing skills and on "muscling out" longer flights. They had found outcrops well below our summit point to which they could climb using the latest equipment and from which they could launch themselves. Because of their superior gliding talents, some were able to sustain rather long flights, but never quite as long as those of the best of our group, who took off from the true summit. They claimed the experience was the same, that no one needed to go all the way to the top, but we had all tried it many times in our less enlightened days (and even experimented with it still), and we knew better. Furthermore, the objective criterion of "hang time" belied their assertions. As a group, they all fell short of our group in terms of duration in the air. This was something they could never quite explain to anyone's satisfaction, yet they continued a vain attempt to muscle their way upward to catch those updrafts that could only be caught from our starting point."

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