Today we're going to discuss how successful people live their lives and how we can learn from what they're doing to improve what we do in our everyday lives and in the gym.
Sir David Brailsford. Sir Clive Woodward. Dr Peter Diamantis. Bobby Julich.
Some people you’ve probably heard of, some people you may not know. Some are obviously connected, some are not. All of them live by a philosophy that differs by degree not by kind.
Let’s see how these men’s lives and philosophies can be related to how you make progress inside (and outside) the gym. These men broadly fall into two categories – the innovators and the tweakers.
First up, the innovators:
Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. His companies work in partnership with Google, NASA and Nokia. People as successful as Bill Clinton rate his advice as “invaluable”. Diamandis preaches about how thinking to grow a business 10x does not take much more work than thinking of how to grow a business by 10%, and will, ultimately, have a much larger impact.
Bobby Julich was the first cyclist to use an oval chain ring on his road bike when he was racing professionally in 2003. He invented a solution that no-one else could think of to increase his performance.
Secondly, the tweakers:
Sir David Brailsford, in the language of John Wellbourn of CrossFit Football, is a ‘performance whore’. The head honcho of Team Sky Cycling is always looking for a way to make his riders go even faster, right down to taking the dustcaps off the bikes to reduce the weight that the rider has to move.
Sir Clive Woodward guided England to the Rugby World Cup victory in 2003. He took a talented group of players and won the ultimate prize, even if they perhaps weren’t the best team in the tournament. In the four years between world cups he didn’t seek to overhaul anything and make radical changes, instead his mantra was that doing one hundred things 1% better was easier to chase down than trying to make one thing 100% better. He went after the low hanging fruit that would immediately impact on the team’s performance.
So what does this mean? How do these lessons affect you goal setting and performance? What can we learn from these men?
1. Dream like Diamandis.
Peter Diamandis wouldn’t seek to raise his back squat from 60kg to 65kg. He’d aim to raise it to 160kg. Even if he never made it to 160kg he’d have gone way past the 65kg.
2. Innovate like Julich.
Julich saw a problem and thought outside of what anyone else was doing. Who says you have to jump onto the straight side of a box? What happens to your box jump ability if you jump onto a corner so that your feet are on different edges of the box?
3. Identify like Woodward.
If you critically assess your time in the gym are there things that you could do differently that’d impact your progress and performance? What if you spent an extra 2 minutes a day practicing your double unders? What if you got your weightlifting shoes ready before the class so that transitions are faster and the hour is more productive? What if you prepared your post workout nutrition when you packed your gym kit, would you recover faster for the next day? What if you added 1kg a week to your lifts, would you end up making constant progress towards your Diamandis level goals?
4. Tweak like Brailsford.
If Brailsford takes dustcaps off bikes to make them go faster and wins titles, what could you tweak to add kilos to your lifts or take seconds off your workouts? Could you set up your equipment before a metcon to minimise your transition time between them? Could you chalk up before a workout so that you don’t have to stop mid-WOD?
Are there any other lessons that you can draw out from the way these men live their lives?
Now that your brain is whirring away with ideas and theories that you can use for positive outcomes, please grab one of the coaches in the gym or fire us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want further guidance.