Blog post by Scott Goble – 4 x IFBB Mr Australia – Super Heavyweight.
Ever wonder why Buddy Franklin gets caught holding the ball every match? Why Michael Jordan took and missed more shots in the fourth quarter than any other? It’s obvious really, they think they’re better than their opposition and their very own team mates. Buddy hasn’t seen a tackle he didn’t think he could break. Jordan believed he’d be better off taking an off balance fall away jump shot than passing to Scottie Pippen who was in a better position. Call it confidence if you want, the truth is their arrogance is a component of what makes them great.
I see it with my PT clients on a regular basis. When I load up the bar, some tell me they can’t lift it, even though I know they can, often they bail on the lift half way through. Some of my other clients are willing to attempt anything and if I tell them they can lift it they invariably do. So who do you think carries the most muscle, those that think they can lift anything or those that look at the bar and think ‘that’s too heavy’? I don’t really need to give you the answer to that one do I?!
I’ve gone through a phase in my training where the priority has been recovery and healing, work’s got in the way of eating and sleeping at times. I’ve got no excuses now. The switch has been flicked and I’m a prick of a bloke in the gym again. The smiling has stopped and the angry face is on and I’m having more fun than ever. I’d rather stare at the floor or an imaginary spot on the wall than make eye contact with my friends or perve on the hot blonde girl that always chooses the fifth cross trainer.
If someone interrupts me they will now be greeted with a look that says ‘how dare you’. If you’re wondering if I think my workout is more important than yours, of course I do. My workout has a purpose, it has value to me, your workout is irrelevant. I expect to grow, I expect to improve and I believe I will. I don’t have to spend my time visualising my weights or my future physique, because I load up the bar a little heavier each workout and do what needs to be done in the gym. So when you see me stalking around the gym like I own the place with an expression that suggests everyone else is inconsequential or at best a minor irritation, it’s because I’ve got a job to do and a limited amount of time to do it.
Treat your gym with respect but treat the weights with contempt, train with an arrogance that says, I’m better than my last workout, it’s easy if you do everything inside and outside the gym to make that a reality.
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