Given our shared love for training & learning.
I’m curious to know how you’ve taken the advise/wisdom of the older iron athletes (or anyone) from even as early back as say Eugene Sandow.
What you may say have been your top 3-5 pearls of wisdom that shaped your current training.
Here are the 5 that came to my mind as I wrote this.
1 – Strength Standards, McRoberts 300/400/500
Stumbled across that after I’d already had my own standards of wanting to hit 2xbw bench and 3xBW squat/DL.
Luckily the numbers weren’t that far off what he suggested (hit the all BW multipliers weighting 70kg, all in the same meet, it killed me).
In addition to the 300/400/500 I personally added these in too: 100/200 – 100lbs on a pull up, 200lbs press, for no other reason that it made the numbers look nice to my brain 😂
2 – Two Movement Training, Kono
This came from reading and listening to bits from Tommy Kono about how he trained while insisted in the service.
He often did two movements per session, perhaps a clean to front squats and the presses behind the neck one session, a snatch variation and some form of other pull in the next.
Rep/set wise I want to say it was something along the lines of 8×2-3 with perhaps also 2-4 sets of 8-10, however my mind has gone a tad blank on that so I’ll have to check.
Even in doing limited work so he still managed to claim multiple WL titles, this left a truly deep impression on my young mind at the time, because all I’d known before was to ’embrace the suck’ and just outwork everyone else.
Barry Ross also took a similar approach with is sprinters.
3 – Train on a Calm Heart, Coan
Arguably the histories most decorated power lifter, Ed Coan, said he’d often train while sign quite calm and simply go in and hit is numbers that he’d reversed engineered from he day he wished to peak on.
This way on meet day when he did get amped up the extra psych would mean the lift was hit easily or more was in the tank.
Rickson Gracie also had a similar view on keeping a calm heart for more optimal performance.
Personally I found once really adopting this in my early 20’s it yielded massive improvements in recoverability and a good kick to the ego getting it in check.
4 – Training is for Building Strength, Various
Many a strong lifter will speak of the truism that the gym is meant for building strength instead of testing it.
I couldn’t say if this was Andy Bolton, Dave Tate, Louis Simmons, Mike Boyle or someone else that I first heard this from, all I know is it struck a cord.
At the time the aim was to ‘win’ the training session.
This was foolish and lead nowhere good, and a lot try to do the same because they want to be that big fish in a small pond, yet no one really cares what is lifted in the gym, it’s what you do in comp (whichever endeavour you compete in) that really leaves an impression.
True enough a session requires a solid effort.
Yet constantly trying to beat everyone else in training just leads to stagnation in my experience.
5 – No Story is not Worth Hearing, Hewley
This wasn’t from a lifter, it was from a PSP game called Crisis Core, yet it really hit home.
We can be quick to dismiss people and what they may have to say when our views don’t align or our ego gets flared up.
Much like all the people that will scoff at abbreviated training, they might be missing out on a little gem of information that could change their life.
Same goes for those who live and breath the minimalistic approach, they’re quick to discount those who follow high volume or a different tome, this is again naive because how can we really make a decent decision/judgement on something if we’re not willing to listen and out our ego to one side.
Anyway, I’ve rambled.
What pearls of wisdom have shaped your lifting & perhaps even life philosophies?
It’d be great to hear them.