To be number one, train like you’re number two
The pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment. Be consistent, humble, hungry and always be the hardest worker in the dojo. Consistency & hard work will always lead to success. And always remember, the most powerful thing you can be, is be yourself.
TRAIN LIKE YOU’RE NO. 2 – EVEN WHEN YOU’RE NO. 1
Ever since I broke Mike McDonald’s all-time bench press record back in 2006 with 605 lbs, I get asked just about weekly how I stay motivated, what drives me, and how I keep pushing through knowing that I had the world record in my weight classes. There are a few things that I use for myself, but when it comes down to it, it is the desire to better one’s self. When you lose that, you lose more than just a bench record – you lose the possibility of becoming more than you were yesterday. It’s hard for me to grasp how that can entangle someone and lead them to a path of self destruction or a downward spiral to less than they were previously, but I know that certain things in life can persuade some people to slip into this rut. However, if you desire and are willing to do what it takes to be a better spouse, a better parent, and a better worker, becoming a better bencher will be a piece of cake; it’s the other aspects in our lives that are not only more important, but fuel the fun things and the hobbies we do like lifting weights. The less stress in your life you have, the better you will perform in all aspects of it.To stay motivated, some people need crazy loud music blasting, but what if that’s not available? I know it helps, but what if it isn’t an option? I’m a generally laid-back guy, so the option of using anger to fuel my workouts is harder. Sometimes I can try to convince myself that something pissed me off, but that’s short-lived at best. One of the most motivating things to aid in inspiration is someone telling you that you can’t. Trust me, I have heard that from so many people over and over and still do today. “Jeremy will never bench 700, he’s too light.” “Jeremy can’t do full power as he focuses on bench too much.” But, the important question to answer here is what happens when you do succeed? Does that drive of proving someone wrong fade? Why were you working so hard to prove something to someone else in the first place? So here are a few things about me that have pushed me and push me still today to keep going – not only to keep my bench up and maintain my records, but to better myself daily, avoiding stagnation at all costs.