Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gichin Funakoshi says, "Shut the fuck up and just lift the God damned weights!"

"True practice is not done with words but with the entire body. Others have mastered the kata that you are practicing. Why then are you unable to? Is there something wrong with you? These are the questions you must ask yourself; then you must train until you fall from exhaustion; then soon you must continue, using the same strict regimen. What you have been taught by listening to others' words you will forget very quickly; what you have learned with your whole body you will remember for the rest of your life."
- Gichin Funakoshi

The above quote can easily be related to any type of physical training and not just karate.

Replace the word "kata" with "100 consecutive push ups"  or "500 lb squat" and it makes just as much sense. Obsessing over piddly bullshit like sets, reps and what day of the week you should do it on is a waste of time. Shut the fuck up and chase the goal like a lunatic and someday you'll be the one everybody else thinks has some kind of secret. That will be when you realize how overcomplicated everyone else makes it. It's simpler than you think.

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