"There is no shortcut to strength development, as there is none for the development of skill, agility or endurance in an athlete. No amount of fancy gimmicks or equipment or adoption of alleged time-saving 'fads' will substitute for a long term program of hard work, that is required to develop the quality of strength needed by an athlete for optimum performance in his specialty. Greater progress in track and field during the past 15 years has been the result of harder work by the athletes, not by resorting to shortcuts and less work."

These words are taken from a speech given to an assembly of elite level coaches at the National Collegiate Track Clinic. What makes this excerpt remarkable however, is that it was not delivered last month, but in 1964. What I find interesting is that 52 years later, despite knowledge to the contrary, we are still looking for shortcuts, silver bullets and magic pills to improve athletic performance. The truth now, as it has always been, is that the physical, mental and spiritual effort you put in to your training, is what you get out of it. Nothing more. And certainly nothing less.

So put away the magazines promising 6-pack abs in just 6 easy minutes a day. Forget the miracle fat burners. Or steady state cardio that allows you to catch up on the latest gossip in your favorite celebrity rag while you pedal away the pounds on a stationary bike.

Develop a plan, be disciplined in your approach, and show up for training. Because at the end of the day, you can have results or excuses.

But not both.


Written by Rik Klingle-Watt

Excerpt from Wrestling Physical Conditioning Encyclopedia, by John Jesse, published by The Athletic Press, Pasadena, CA, 1974.


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July 14, 2016 — Rik Klingle-Watt