The true difference between winning and losing isâ€¦
â€¦.the will and capacity to fight longer than your opponent. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™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 isnâ€™t enough. How youâ€™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 itâ€™s impossible to raise your game higher than your training, at game-time. Performance never exceeds training. Itâ€™s impossible to rise above lazy training on game-day.
Iâ€™ve told every team Iâ€™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 doesnâ€™t take a genius to pick out lazy people who canâ€™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 donâ€™t train for it, you wonâ€™t fight for it because you wonâ€™t know how. All you will know is quitting and giving up when the other team fights harder.
Iâ€™ve sent the same message to every team Iâ€™ve ever coached â€“ someone will fight, someone will quit. Happens in every game, no exceptions. Someone always fights harder and longer and stronger. It doesnâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 donâ€™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 wonâ€™t win games for you. Your cute photos you post wonâ€™t save you when the opponent is fighting like hell in the fourth quarter. Your pretty uniforms wonâ€™t scare anyone. All that matters is who enters the dark alley and what happens inside. If you havenâ€™t trained for it, the opponent will eat you alive or youâ€™ll run away from every dark alley.
Hereâ€™s another top 100 workout song for the first 100 days of 2014. Itâ€™s not Classic Rock but itâ€™s that time of the year to play it because every game thatâ€™s ever been won, every fight thatâ€™s ever been won, and every ring thatâ€™s ever been won, was won in the off-season. The link is after my signature. Listen to the lyricsâ€¦itâ€™s that time.
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., NCCP Level 3
Head coach â€“ Niagara X-men football
Owner â€“ X Fitness Inc.
Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: www.ginoarcaro.com 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 â€œGET FIT, DONâ€™T QUITâ€ the first of a happy book series to lift children.