Rick Scarpulla: Are You Working Hard Enough?
by Kristy Parrish | December 11, 2012 12:01 am
by RICK SCARPULLA
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Many people ask me what it takes to reach the top levels in any given sport, and they all want silver bullet answers. While there are many factors contributing to an athlete’s success, the main one is quite simple: hard work.
That’s what it takes if you want to succeed in sports or life or love or anything else. It seems that point has gotten lost or forgotten or just plain ignored.
Less Talk, More Work
To get to the elite levels in any sport, your training needs to increase continually in difficulty and intensity.
Too many athletes seem to get sidetracked about the nuisances of training. While many of those things are important, they all miss the mark on the primary factor in success: HARD WORK! I actually hear people arguing about some of the most ridiculous things. I recently heard two imitation athletes arguing over whether or not you should wear gloves when working out. Are you kidding me? If you are talking about things like that, you will never be successful. (If you are worried about the texture of your hands, that is a whole different topic.) Focus on the things that matter.
Many athletes feel they can achieve success with a nice, cushy, feel-good routine filled with bunny hops and med balls. Whatever! I guess it’s all about how you personally define success. To get to the elite levels in any sport, your training needs to increase continually in difficulty and intensity. I guarantee if you do that conversations like the aforementioned will not come into play.
If you want to be your best, you must train like a possessed rabid animal. You must outwork everyone else all the time.
I find that most people like the sound
of saying they are working out hard better than they actually like doing it. Like everything else in our world, most folks want everything to be easier, softer, and not so hard. That is part of the reason why — as a whole — the world is fat and out of shape. It is our own undoing. Bottom line is this: the main ingredient to success is really hard work. Not a little here and there, but all the time, day in and day out. You must work way harder then the next guy and
know what the heck you’re doing. Hard work in the wrong spot is not all that helpful. Learn what really is going on with your body and your training.
When I work with athletes and crank up their level of work — or should I say effort level — some people have called my methods and me “extreme” (or worse). I really don’t care what those people say because most of the time, they are not people who have any right saying anything at all. Most of those people are people that can’t work as hard as we do. Sometimes they are just making excuses for themselves and their lack of work ethic. Sad but true.
A Good Excuse…Is Still an Excuse
Lots of excuses are good ones, but they are excuses all the same.
Here at Ultimate Advantage, when athletes come in to train, they know they are going to be successful. But they also know they are going to train way harder than ever before, because I believe in hard work. If you want to be your best, you must train like a possessed rabid animal. You must outwork everyone else all the time. Maybe a very few elite facilities match these levels, but not enough of them do. Not one person at any level at any chain fitness facility within 500 miles is even close. Most of the small gyms also fail by comparison. We don’t try and make it easier for you; I do try to make it harder for you.
We are the hardest working facility around — locally for sure, and nationally one of the best, and I base that statement on results. If you want results — real, measurable results — we are one of the best. Not the prettiest. Not the largest. Just the best.
Many coaches are afraid to push athletes for fear of injury. Hard work won’t cause injury, but improper training and bad technique will. Most athletes do not train nearly as hard as they should, maybe closer to 20% of what they should be doing. Lots of excuses are good ones, but they are excuses all the same. We don’t allow that; instead we will leave you behind with your excuses. We won’t accept them from ourselves or each other.
People learn that dreams of success can come true here, but they come with a price: hard work.
Many of you reading this would be uncomfortable at Ultimate Advantage and possibly tell yourself reasons why you can’t do this or that. Bottom line, if that is your mentality, then you’re right: you can’t. That is why athletes at Ultimate Advantage are faster than you; why they are stronger then you; why when you meet them on the field of play, they will destroy you. You need to work harder. You need to be mentally stronger. You need to train smarter. You need to push yourself way past where you normally would go.
The Price of Success Is Hard Work
The athletes who train here at Ultimate Advantage take pride in that hard work, and they want to push even harder. They want to be their best. Champions are built here. Mental toughness lives here. Pride knows each athlete here by name. Scholarships are earned here. People learn that dreams of success can come true here, but they come with a price: hard work.
We are more confident than most because we have put in the hard work… and we believe we have outworked you. Over and over again.
Of course, that hard work extends beyond the gym; you have to work hard at being disciplined in your diet, getting adequate sleep, using your time wisely, working sport-specific skills, giving your body adequate TLC — all aspects. Excuses will always come easy; success is hard work.
College coaches attend clinics to witness how we define hard work and teach our athletes to live and breathe it. Athletes from all over the nation attend clinics here to get to the next level through hard work. Do we train right? Yes — harder, smarter, faster, and stronger than most. We are more confident than most because we have put in the hard work… and we believe we have outworked you. Over and over again.
When you think you are working hard enough, work harder.
Want results? CALL ME! I will help you. Want excuses? Go to the judgment-free zone. Here you will be judged — judged on how hard you work! The results will tell you when you work harder than everyone else and prove it to yourself. Be proud of your training level instead of making excuses about why it is not going well.
Become your best through hard work. The best athletes here already know it, simply because they live it every day. When you think you are working hard enough, work harder. You will learn to love hard work as much as I do.
Rick Scarpulla. the creator of The Ultimate Athlete Training Program, is a highly sought-after and renowned strength, speed and conditioning coach who works in developing top high school, college and professional athletes and programs throughout North America. You can follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/UltimateAdvantage and on Twitter @RickScarpullaUA.
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