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2.27.2007

Eye of The Tiger - Bring It Back


One was an executive in his late 50s, another, a former teammate of mine in his mid 20s and the last a total stranger standing in line at the bank, I would guess in his early 30s.

All of them were athletes at some point in their lives. These were three different people in three different places but all shared one common trait:

I had the same conversation with each of them, and, in their own words, they all said the same thing:

'I used to workout.'

'I'm so out of shape now.'

'I wish I could get myself to start training again.'

If you were to ask, I bet 97 out of 100 people would tell you something similar.

I cant tell you what makes people stop training but I will say that its a challenge for everyone to keep going (yes, even highly motivated folks like me.)

So what do you do?

Let me first mention the fact that human beings seem to have this desire to make things more complex than they are (and certainly need to be.)

Here's what Apollo Creed said to Rocky in Rocky III:

'Now when we fought, you had the Eye of the Tiger, man -- the edge -- and
now you gotta get it back -- and the way to get it back is to go back to the
beginning.'

Going back to the beginning - to simplify your training for one reason and
one reason only: to take it to a level that you know and will actually do so
you can get started.

Now here's the Secret - training never needs to get more complex than 'the
beginning' -- basic exercises, done well, are all you ever need.

At this point, I can only hand the ball off to you, dear reader, because you are the one who makes the decision to go out and train or stay on the couch eating potato chips and living a life of regret.

If you need a little fire in your belly, if you want the Eye of The Tiger,
here's something that will help you bring it back.

Train hard,
John Wood

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