Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ive been lucky over the years to have had some great training partners. These days, I seem to like training by myself a little more, but when I was first starting out, I always had partners. One of the best I ever had was Jimmy Anderson. Jimmy and I coached together at Garner-Webb back in the NAIA glory days. We were GA's together. Well, we were GA's but the head coach had us working 89 hours a week so we never went to class..Anyway, we had some great workouts. We used to hang a pic of Fred Hatfield over the squat rack when we squatted. We pushed eah other and we loved it in that freaking hole- in -the -wall weight room. But you know what I loved and missed the most about those workouts? The biscuits and gravy. After every workout, Jimmy and I would drive to Hardees and eat biscuits and Gravy and talk about the workout and just laugh and cut up. Maybe that's what I miss the most about training partners- the BS'ing and relaxing with a great friend. And that's part of the joy of training- the relationships that come with it. Jimmy and I had a great relationship,cemented with getting strong and biscuits and gravy.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a year...it's for life. Whether its training or your family or your job...it doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.