It's an age old maxim, been passed down over the ages, like most of these maxims - holds damn true.
This evening, I was vacillating before getting into the ice cold torture chamber - or shower, hehe.
I'll admit it. I'm human too, my friend - and sometimes even I want that nice warm shower (or hot shower) all of us love so!
Yet, I went ahead eventually and jumped in the cold shower anyway - and felt great as always later.
No-one is forcing me to take ice cold showers all winter. I'm doing it of my own volition - and now that spring is finally almost here, what feels ice cold still to most people is nice and pleasant to me. Trust me, if you can take ice cold showers in an unheated house in winter with windows open, cold drafts blowing in all over the place, you're on to something.
I credit my cold showers, deep breathing and fitness routines to looking less than half my age - feeling even younger - and staying hale and healthy as a horse when nigh everyone around me is either sniffling or throwing up. Granted, its that sort of in between weather, terrible pollution everywhere, but hey. I deal with it, and seem to pass with flying colors - without having even one single tiny bottle of or tablets of Paracetemol around for an "emergency".
Think, and you will!
One of the things the guy I keep talking about that claims to want to do pull-ups, but never puts in the effort (thereby pissing me off to a degree I never speak to him at all now - loser!) - is what he said when I trained him once.
And when simple pushups brought him to his knees, and I showed him the right way to do 'em (he claimed to do 40, but could barely do 3 right).
No pain, no gain, he gasped at the end of it.
And he was right there. Of course, simply nodding the head don't rock the boat - simply saying it doesnt mean a damned thing until you DO. And he doesnt, so it don't count.
I was going to do this as a video, then decided to write it.
Boy, I'm growing to love videos as much as writing! Well, maybe not as much - as YET. Hehe. Early days yet, in a couple of months we've made giant leaps on that channel, more than what people do in years - anyway - back to it - its sad what society has become.
Let me tell you, and this is a real damn story - when you're in wrestling class, and you're the coach, and you can't put any sort of basic hold like an armbar (note - I just mean putting the hold on, not hurting the other person) on your pupils - and why? Because you're too worried the parents will sue you or otherwise report you or some nonsense for "hurting your child".
Compare this to Bret Hart's childhoold, growing up, his mom talks about the screams of pain emanating from the basement for hours as Stu Hart put the kids Bret, Owen and the rest through their paces with wrestling and other training.
Is it any wonder Bret literally turned out as the "excellence of execution" - a strappjng, solid, tough - technically superb wrestler (ok, its the WWE, but even there, Bret's skills showed and shone!)
I doubt he would have been even close to that if child services or some bullshit showed up at the Hart's door demanding to know why the kids were being pushed...
Same thing in my daughter's basketball class, guy's a great coach, genuinely likes kids, yet, every time he pushes them, they wimp out, and some idiot mother shows up to argue with him about "times are different these days", its not "that time" any more.
Back when we were tough and played all day long, when scrapes, brusies, even coming home with head bleeding (yours truly) -and worse was par for the course?
I'm not saying the brutal beatings and sometimes downright sadistic punishments handed down at school are required - no, there is a line, but these days, we've crossed way too far over to the other side.
High school coach makes his kids do pushups.
And gets kicked out of his job pretty much - why? Because the kids got put in hospital ... for what? For doing 300 pushups in an hour. And remember, these kids are supposed to be high school football players!
Child protective services is investigating him apparently.
Child protection my ass.
I've written about that before, of course - 300 pushups in an hour, even in hot weather is SLACKNG. You bang out 500 an hour if you're doing it right, give or take, and pushups should be like breathing for football players, unfortunaely it isn't - most prefer to hit the weights apparently (unless its a Herschel Walker or true doer).
Boxers and wrestlers by very dint of their sport seem to be the only ones these days that appreciate the no pain, no gain maxim and GAIN from it.
Look, life, fitness, business, the real rewards only come after a lot of pain,there is no other way any sort of real growth happens.
Writing it down on a paper, twirling beads and chanting mantras aint gonna get it done.
The PAIN and going through it is what makes you grow and if you're resilient enough, you come through to the other side.
Perhaps thats yet another reason other than the immense value I provide you with in my fitness books knowledge wise, my workouts are that damn brutal.
You either sink or swim, no in between.
I've been made to do that all my life.
I've always come out on top.
I believe so can you, if you dont piss, moan, groan and whine, and get down to brass tacks - and DO.
Pushup Central, Animal Kingdom Workouts, 0 Excuses Fitness - in fact ALL My courses will make you very sore when you first start, they wont stop challenging you even when you're at advanced level.
But if you back away from "pain", you might as well not be here my friend.
Like customers have said, "my courses aren't for the faint of heart".
And thats how we prefer it around here , true doers, a very exclusive and loyal band of customers and supporters, and so we grow ...
Alright, thats it for this one. Back soon.