Gonna keep this one short today, you guys are (better be) busy enjoying your summer so you shouldn’t be hunched over your phones or computers just days after America’s birthday reading a long blog post of post-activation potentiation or whatever…

Also, we’ve had a shit ton of new folks join the SA community over the last week so I wanted to take a minute to say thanks to everyone who has joined (old & new), I really appreciate you.

This past weekend I spent July 4th with a group of just over 30 other fine Americans rucking around the greater Phoenix, AZ area for a GORUCK Challenge & Light. These ended up being my 8th and 9th GORUCK events to date.

I started doing these events for a couple reasons:

  1. I needed something to train for, when I have an event on the books I am much more disciplined with my training and nutrition &
  2. I wanted to test out my training concepts and ideas and iterate as quickly as possible.

Since I’m a proponent of a high-quality training model over the high quantity training model I needed to know FOR SURE that if I’m telling you guys & gals that you can run or ruck heavy and far off of a low mileage program that it is going to work.

Basically, since I personally test out just about everything you see in my programs, these events have served as periodic checks into the efficacy of my training programs. I’ve had the pleasure of training thousands of people by this point in my coaching career and seeing their amazing success but there really is something special about using yourself as a guinea pig and putting yourself through the ringer.

My motivation for training, when I’m tired, stressed out, dealing with a number of things that pop up each and every day, is fueled by the knowledge that I am testing and refining training concepts and ideas (turning theory into practice) that will make you stronger, durable, and deadly on the battlefield and in life.

Knowing the impact I am having (thanks to all the great emails & texts I’ve received) on your fitness and readiness is what keeps me moving forward during the sometimes boring and tedious work of digging through research, learning, testing, tweaking, and retesting training ideas in my hot ass garage gym.

So what’s your motivation?

Why are you here, reading this, and learning from me?

What drives you to get out of bed earlier than everyone else to get that extra training session in?

What pushes you to go harder in the gym than the guys and girls around you?

I really want to know your answers to these questions, so spend a few minutes getting clear on what drives you to be excellent every day and let me know in the comments below.

I’ll leave you with a couple motivational quotes that I really like that pertain to this.

Somewhere a true believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimum food and water, in austere conditions, day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon. He doesn’t worry about what workout to do — his rucksack weighs what is weighs, and he runs until the enemy stops chasing him. The true believer doesn’t care how hard it is; he knows that he either wins or dies. He doesn’t go home at 1700; he is home. He only knows the cause. Now. Who wants to quit?