I don't like to rely on people for motivation. Yes, if I want to learn something, I'll hire someone to teach me, or attend a seminar or a clinic. I love learning new things, better techniques, and passing that knowledge on to my students, athletes, and clients. I don't view a coach or trainer as a training partner, this is someone you hire for their expertise to make you a better athlete, or to help you build a health and fitness program for your goals.
To me, my training time is sacred. This is where I connect with my higher self. There is enlightenment wrapped up in that pile of iron on the deadlift platform, just as there is on the meditation cushion.
When I train, my goal is to develop my mind, body, and spirit to it's fullest potential. It is about self-realization and self-improvement. I don't train to show off or get high 5's for "bringing it". I train to take myself to places I haven't been, to learn more about myself. I do this through Qigong & Tai Chi; through lifting iron; and through meditation. Through all these practices I am re-connecting with myself and integrating the mind, body, and spirit.
For me, I prefer my cold, dank, warehouse powerlifting gym and a pile of rusty, iron plates and kettlebells. No high fives, no pats on the back, just the iron and self improvement.
It enables me to concentrate on the lessons that the Iron has for me. Learning about what you're made of is always time well spent, and I have found no better teacher. The Iron had taught me how to live. Life is capable of driving you out of your mind. The way it all comes down these days, it's some kind of miracle if you're not insane. People have become separated from their bodies. They are no longer whole.
I see them move from their offices to their cars and on to their suburban homes. They stress out constantly, they lose sleep, they eat badly. And they behave badly. Their egos run wild; they become motivated by that which will eventually give them a massive stroke. They need the Iron Mind.
Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind.
The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it's impossible to turn back."
From "The Iron" originally printed in Details Magazine, 1993
Stay strong in mind, body, and spirit;