With the wrestling season upon us, I would like to offer some words of wisdom to all of the warriors who will be battling this season. These words will not be advice on cutting weight, in-season training, or anything else related to strength and conditioning. The paragraph you are about to read is something that can be kept in your back pocket for the duration of the season. This is not written as a pep talk because those of us who have chosen this way of life do not need that. This is merely a reminder of who and what we are.
I am not like them. I am a wrestler. I am competitive. I am competitive with myself and with those who choose to step onto the mat with me. I am self-motivated. I do not like losing. I do not like when people tell me that I cannot do something. I was born a warrior. The vast majority of people are ok with being average. I am not one of those people. There is always something inside of me that wants to dominate every component of my life. I will strive to outdo myself and others in a match, in practice, in training and in life. It is just the way I am. I must continue to improve all areas of my life. It is the warrior in me that is never content. A great band once said “satisfaction is the death of desire”. These are words to live by. If I am not moving forward, I am inevitably moving backwards. I will not become content. I will not listen to those who tell me that it is not possible whatever it may be. Physical discomfort for these mere mortals is a 30 minute jaunt on an elliptical while reading a magazine. Physical discomfort for me is nausea resulting from double overtime, three hour wrestling practices and skipping meals in order to make weight. I will not let the fear of failure paralyze me. I will let the fear of being average light the fire necessary to succeed. I am not like them. I am a wrestler.
Best of luck this season!!!
Dave Coffin, CSCS, USAW
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
phone – 508 397 8854
email – firstname.lastname@example.org
website – www.davecoffin.wordpress.com