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The true difference between winning and losing is…

The true difference between winning and losing is…

….the will and capacity to fight longer than your opponent. That’s what I’ve taught everyone who I have ever coached. You can post all the motivational bullshit on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin but none of that will matter when the fight starts. Good intentions are not enough. Positive thinking isn’t enough. How you’ve trained is all that matters. Train like shit, fight like shit. Train like hell, fight like hell. One team delivers hell and the other suffers hell. It all starts with conditioning. The lazy and the incompetent will never last in a fight because it’s impossible to raise your game higher than your training, at game-time. Performance never exceeds training. It’s impossible to rise above lazy training on game-day.

I’ve told every team I’ve coached that I can predict who will fight longest and strongest by how each person works out in the gym and works out in practice. It doesn’t take a genius to pick out lazy people who can’t cut it in the weight room and on the practice field. The same applies in every profession, every business, and every aspect of life. If you don’t train for it, you won’t fight for it because you won’t know how. All you will know is quitting and giving up when the other team fights harder.

I’ve sent the same message to every team I’ve ever coached – someone will fight, someone will quit. Happens in every game, no exceptions. Someone always fights harder and longer and stronger. It doesn’t matter how pretty your uniforms are or how big your stadium is or how shiny the weights are. All that matters is who works out the hardest, the longest, and the strongest. It doesn’t matter who is bigger or scarier looking or talks the loudest. All that matters is who is will spill their guts. All of it. Every ounce of guts you have. If you don’t have the passion to fight into the fourth quarter until there are 4 zeroes on the clock, you will get embarrassed, pounded, grounded, run over, flattened, and run over some more until you never get up and never get back into the game.

Your profile pic won’t win games for you. Your cute photos you post won’t save you when the opponent is fighting like hell in the fourth quarter. Your pretty uniforms won’t scare anyone. All that matters is who enters the dark alley and what happens inside. If you haven’t trained for it, the opponent will eat you alive or you’ll run away from every dark alley.

Here’s another top 100 workout song for the first 100 days of 2014. It’s not Classic Rock but it’s that time of the year to play it because every game that’s ever been won, every fight that’s ever been won, and every ring that’s ever been won, was won in the off-season. The link is after my signature. Listen to the lyrics…it’s that time.


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach – Niagara X-men football
Owner – X Fitness Inc.

Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: His books include: 4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur . He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. And a new 8-volume interrogation book series, soon to be released. His next book to be released is “GET FIT, DON’T QUIT” the first of a happy book series to lift children.

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