Weight Room Warrior? – pt.2

HELLO RENEGADE!

So, after yesterday’s email, maybe you started looking into lifting programs, and protein powders, and…

No!

No!  No!

Here is the part that gets most people confused, so let me give you a peek into my own progress…

9th Grade

5’7″ 103lbs.

Squat 135×1 (not a typo for my height, my weight, or my Squatastic max))

10th Grade

5’9″ 121lbs. (still not a typo for my height and weight)

Squat 205×8 = 255lb max

11th Grade

5’11” 142lbs

Squat 275×8 = 345lb max

12th Grade (at graduation)

6′  172lbs.   Save

Squat 365×8 = 465lb max

So, was I BIG?

Oh my goodness no!

I was so skinny.

Did I spend all my time in the weigthroom?

Not even close.

I lifted weights 3x per week for four years and never missed.

Ever.

For 9th and 10th grade I lifted with my dad in the basement and I wasn’t allowed to miss…

And in 11th and 12th grade I took weightlifting and we lifted 3X per week and did jump drills and played basketball on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We did Bigger, Faster, Stronger and we all had our names up on the board if we got to a certain point on Bench, Squat, and Vertical Jump.

Once we dressed out and got going I think we probably lifted 40 minutes a day.

So, is 40 minutes a day, 3X per week a lot?

Here was my usual schedule by time spent each week:

In Season Sport Practice – 10 Hours  / Week

In Season Sport Games – 3 Hours / Week

Pick-Up Basketball – 12 – 15 Hours / Week

Weights – 2 Hours / Week

Plyometrics & Bounds – 1 Hour / Week

So, actual weightroom was maybe 7-8% of my time spent on sports…

That’s it.

Buuuuut…

When we lifted we knew exactly how much we were supposed to lift, and how much we did the last time…

Annnndddd…

We wanted to get on the board to brag.

Oh, and we didn’t do sissy stuff like curls…

Dumbest thing ever.

Show off lifts.

Know this and really let it hit home hard…

Big muscles and soccer don’t mix…

If you saw Ronaldo without his shirt on, he looks like a skinny HS wide receiver.

Wonder why pro football players never list their 40 yard dash times?

Because they rarely are as fast as when they were freshmen and sophmores…

They got too big….

Try running for 90 minutes with all that weight…

That’s why sprinters look jacked up, but they weigh around 175 pounds at 5’10″…

Strong but not big.

You want to be strong but not big…

And the strong comes from consistency, not from some magic protein shake, or some magic workout.

Strong isn’t your focus…

Strong stops mattering as soon as it detracts from your soccer performance…

Your focus is consistency and trying your hardest either on the pitch or in training…

But, if you show up 2-3 days a week for 35-40 minutes of hard lifting at the basics…

And you do that all through HS…

Trust me, you will be brutally strong.

So, no weigthroom warriors!

Just you, showing discipline at all aspects of being an athlete…

You think Messi doesn’t have strong legs?

Go YouTube or Google and see if soccer players don’t have totally jacked legs…

That isn’t genetic…

Those legs are earned…

But by being disciplined…

You cannot learn all the skills in a day, and you cannot get fast in a day…

Or in 4 weeks at a camp…

It takes consistency…

It takes daily dedication…

You can do it…

I did 40 minutes 3x per week and was way more strong than you need to be….

Could you do 2X per week?

Because i can tell you what…

If you just keep showing up every day, then eventually you will be the only one left…

You do the HARD drills on the pitch…

Not just shooty shooty and tricky tricky…

Thousands of touches with purpose…

And you do the hard work a couple times per week on getting stronger and more explosive…

All the talkers eventually quit, because they cannot compete…

All the Fortniters are revealed…

Who said that they were training…

But you were alone…

Just you, a ball, and a dream…

That is winning.

Tomorrow I will talk about what you can do today to build strength at every practice in order to get faster right now…

Seriously…

Right now.

See you then!

As always, thank you for being a RENEGADE!!!
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