The album, produced by Terry Date, was released on Feb 25, 1992. The single “Walk” features one of the best guitar riffs of all time done in a time signature of 12/8 by Dimebag Darrell (RIP).
I first started lifting hardcore around the time this album came out. It lived in my gym bag…
That’s right kids, on tape in my old school Walkman that I would bring to the gym. This was my go to lifting album. I literally wore it out and had to buy another copy.
Listening to epic music was one of three things I would say younger me actually got right. The rest was a caffeine and testosterone (I was 18 at the time) fueled trash bin fire of well intentioned but extremely misguided effort.
Here are the other two things I got correct.
#1: A Training Journal
From day one, I figured out that I needed to track performance, thus I got a training journal (aka a notebook) to write everything down.
I still do this thirty years later.
I write down my training on those prehistoric things we call paper.
My goal once I enter the gym is to touch my phone as little as possible. This is easy in the Extreme Human Performance Center since I have a dedicated stereo that uses those silver disk things they call CDs. I know, I am a dinosaur.
At a commercial gym, my phone goes on airplane mode, headphones on, and other than to change the music maybe twice, that is it.
Old school pen and paper allow me to track my performance over time and easily refer back to previous sessions or all time PRs (I log them at the end of the notebook).
Go to any Globo gym and notice if anyone ever writes a darn thing down?
I highly doubt Bench Press Billy-Bob 23 is logging his training when he is poking away on his phone between sets of Pec Deck as he sits there like a petrified stuffed animal.
“What gets measured, gets managed” –Peter Drucker
Want to get better? Measure and track it.
#2: Violent Consistency
I realized that if I wanted to get better at something, I needed to practice. Shocker, right?
I got that part right, as I’ve routinely trained an average five days a week for three decades now. I started at 18, so do the math; I am old, hahaha.
I had a few bumps along the way of course, just like everyone. Training dropped to only three main sessions and small “micro-sessions” during my PhD.
I had to change things around due to some past injuries: separated left shoulder – mountain biking, completely dislocated right shoulder –broomball in college, spiraled/destroyed right ankle –snowboarding carve gone bad, strained both hamstrings – small cliff drop snowboarding, sprained both wrists – massive windsurfing crash, strained/pulled both hip flexors and groin – face met wake while wakeboarding, etc…
…but I always found a way to train even if that was taking a taxi to the gym in 2005 since it was my right ankle that was in a boot.
Consistency for the win, even if the first several years were idiotic in terms of what I was doing in the gym; I got the “showing up part” correct.
What are your top lessons from training over the years?
I would love to know! Hit me up!