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Welcome back to the new and improved Hybrid 5️⃣ Newsletter!
Let's journey into the world of strongman training. This is not just about lifting colossal weights, but it's about transforming your mind and body, pushing beyond the limits. Ready to discover your inner beast?
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3️⃣ Ideas —
I. Incorporate sandbag carry and load exercises into your strongman training routine. Fill a heavy-duty sandbag with sand or other weighted materials and perform carries of various distances. This exercise challenges your grip strength, core stability, and overall strength as you navigate uneven loads. Additionally, incorporate sandbag loading by placing the sandbag onto platforms or over barriers. The combination of sandbag carries and loads develops functional strength, power, and mental resilience.
II. Take your strongman training to the next level by incorporating truck or car push/pull exercises. Find a safe, open space and use a vehicle (with the brakes engaged) as resistance. Pushing or pulling a vehicle requires full-body strength, power, and determination. This exercise targets your legs, core, and upper body muscles while also challenging your mental fortitude. Remember to practice proper technique and prioritize safety by ensuring the vehicle is stable and secure.
III. The log press is a classic strongman exercise that focuses on upper body strength and power. Find a sturdy log or substitute with a heavy barbell, clean it up to your chest, and then press it overhead. The log's size and shape require you to engage your entire body, from legs to core and upper body, to generate the necessary force for the press. The log press develops shoulder strength, stability, and explosive power. Practice proper technique and gradually increase the weight to continue challenging your strength levels.
2️⃣ Quotes —
"Strive for progress, not perfection. Each small step forward is a victory in itself."
Athletics is not merely about the trophies or the records. It's not about being flawless in every game or beating every opponent. It is about growth, improvement, and pushing the boundaries of what we think is possible. This quote reminds us to strive for progress, not perfection. In essence, our goal should be to get better each day, each practice, each game, rather than fixating on achieving absolute perfection.
Perfection, my friends, is an unattainable goal, an illusion that distracts us from the real treasure of sports - the process, the grind, the journey. When we focus solely on perfection, we put ourselves under immense pressure that can lead to frustration and disappointment. And in the chase for perfection, we can overlook the small but significant improvements we've made.
Instead, let's celebrate each step forward, no matter how small. Every lap completed a bit faster, every ball thrown a bit further, every tactical move mastered, every game where we were better than the last - these are the victories that matter. These are the milestones on your path, the small steps forward that indicate your progress. They might not be noticeable to the outside world, but they are the personal triumphs that build your journey.
Take pride in the fact that you showed up today, that you gave your best, that you are a little better than you were yesterday. Recognize your courage to step onto the field, despite the odds. Applaud your determination to push through, even when the finish line seems too far. This is progress. And this, too, is victory.
Remember, each one of you is an artist, and the sport is your canvas. Every training session, every game, every match is an opportunity to create something beautiful, something unique. And it’s not the final piece that matters as much as the process of creation itself. The sweat, the strain, the willpower – that’s where the real magic lies.
Let's be athletes who strive for progress, not perfection. Let's be athletes who know that each small step forward is a victory in itself. Let's be athletes who understand that the beauty of sport lies not in the glory of a single perfect moment, but in the collective journey of countless imperfect ones. This, my friends, is the essence of true athletics. This is the spirit that propels us forward. This is what it means to truly be an athlete.
"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."
- Sam Levenson
Think about this for a moment. The clock, no matter what, keeps ticking. It doesn't stop when things get tough or when obstacles block its path. It doesn't pause to bask in the glory of triumph, nor does it halt in the face of failure. The clock, steadfast and unyielding, is the epitome of perseverance and relentlessness. It continues its course, tick by tick, moment by moment, relentlessly marking the passage of time.
As athletes, we must embody the spirit of the clock. Watching the clock will not aid us in our journey. Counting down the seconds, minutes, or hours left in our training, in our game, or until our next big match doesn't make us better athletes. Fixating on the clock can breed anxiety, pressure, and impatience. It can divert our focus from where it truly matters - the task at hand.
So, don't watch the clock; instead, mirror its relentless pursuit. Keep going. Push through when you're exhausted and every muscle in your body screams for rest. Keep going when you fail, when you stumble, when you fall. Get up and push forward with even more determination, knowing that each setback is an opportunity for a comeback.
Keep going when you succeed, when you triumph. Don't let victory make you complacent. Use it as fuel to strive for more, to set higher goals, to reach new heights. The road to greatness isn't linear. It's a relentless cycle of peaks and valleys, victories and defeats, efforts and rest. It's a journey that demands you keep moving, keep striving, keep evolving.
As athletes, we're not defined by a single moment in time but by our resilience and perseverance. Our ability to keep going, to keep pushing, to keep improving, even when we're out of breath, when the finish line is nowhere in sight, that's what separates good athletes from great ones. That's what shapes character, builds legends, and leaves a lasting legacy.
So, let the clock inspire us. Let it serve as a reminder that time waits for no one, and neither should we. Let's not be spectators of our own journey, watching the clock and waiting for the perfect moment. Instead, let's be the ones who dictate the pace, who shape the narrative, who keep moving forward no matter what.
Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. Let this be the mantra that guides you through your journey. No matter what you face, remember - the clock keeps moving, and so should you.
1️⃣ Question —
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Remember, every little step counts. Each workout, each healthy meal, and every effort you make, however small, is propelling you forward on your fitness journey. Remember, we are not chasing perfection, but progress. Keep that smile, sweat, and let's become the best versions of ourselves together! Here's to a fitter, healthier, happier you!
Catch y’all next week 🤙