Some of the most inspiring training montages I’ve ever seen in a movie are NOT the most commonly referred to by most folks.
When “inspiring” training montages are mentioned, the first name that springs to mind is Rocky I – need more be said?
I’m sure EVERYONE reading this email knows what I’m referring to if they haven’t been living under a rock for the past 40 or so years (if you have made it that far that is, hehe) – and just in case not – it’s the famous “Rocky run” done early in the morning before he jumps straight into his boxing training routine.
Roadwork in other words – and don’t get me wrong – it IS indeed one of the MOST inspiring training montages out there especially when combined with the Bill Conti soundtrack.
But even that pales in comparison to Jason Bourne sprinting ALL out in the first part of the Bourne Supremacy, my friend.
An ALL out sprint – done on the beach – with UTMOST focus (you can almost see the determination in Matt Damon (Bourne)’s eyes to break his previous record) – arms pumping – legs POUNDING – the whole deal – you name it.
Man oh man, is that inspiring or what!!??
It is for me, at any rate, and what exactly are “Bourne sprints” you might ask?
Well, as the man himself informs us in the first “Bourne” movie (The Bourne Identity) – it’s an all out sprint done for 30 seconds WITHOUT getting winded – and that too at high altitudes.
And lest you think that isn’t much, take the average pavement pounder or gym gorilla and put him through an all out 5 second sprint on FLAT ground at SEA level – and watch the results.
If said person even makes it that far, that is!
Whew -don’t know about you, but that sort of thing sure motivates me to get better – and when combined with visuals, it’s one of the most powerful images you can use in your mental training arsenal my friend.
Now, I bring all this up NOT to wax lyrical on my favorite movies, but because inspiring scenes are what inspire US to give it our ALL my friend.
When you’re puffing through that last set of Hindu squats, picture something like this in mind, and you’ll breeze through it. When your arms start to fall off the pull-up bar – – picture something like this – – and you’ll inevitably get more and more reps.
Try it, and you’ll see – it’s yet another one of those visualization techniques I refer to so often.
Yet another training sequence that is highly inspiring to me is “Mr T” knocking off 2 finger pull-ups in Rocky III. I’d include the Rocky / Creed sprint towards the end of it – but the preening and posing and emphasis on shiny, greased, “bodybuilder” style muscles (as opposed to the far more normal earlier movies) put me off completely. Uggggggggghhh.
These sort of visualizations are powerful motivators indeed my friend – not just physically but mentally as well. When you feel like giving up in or on anything – – well – – picture the “Bourne” sprint (or better yet, do one if you are capable of doing it) – – and report back on the results.
I’ll bet it’s superlative.
Now, what if you’re currently not even in a position to run for a while – or jog, for that matter, let alone sprint?
What if you haven’t done a lick of exercise in years?
What if you’ve been pounding heavy weights in the gym for what seems like forever but have been watching your waistline balloon and your energy levels dip regardless?
Well – simple – the first step is this – you start someplace and progress from there. You build a rock solid foundation – a foundation that CANNOT be “shaken” later on – and a foundation that allows you to build towards the sky – – or further, if you so choose.
And the good news is you don’t have to simply watch the training montages and then lapse into the “ole” familiar refrain of “I’ll never be able to do those”.
Even BETTER news- there IS one sprint you can do – and do RIGHT NOW.
And that is to sprint like the proverbial HARE, my friend (as opposed to “dwadle” like a tortoise) to this page to start building your foundation TODAY – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
Make a commitment to yourself my friend – that being to DROP the excuses, and get the fittest you’ve ever been in your entire life.
Make that commitment – and FOLLOW through.
I dare you to do so!
P.S. – Again, here is the link where you can start to honor the commitment you’ve made to yourself right now – – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/