Call of the Hunt
Note from the editor: For those of
you not familiar with the work of Coach John Davies, his name is
synonymous with athletic success. He has worked with countless professional
and college level athletes and as his his track record will attest,
he is in a league of his own. He has developed speed and strength
programs for many top colleges as well as consulting a number of
NFL teams, some of which include the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals,
Green Bay Packers and many others. The NFL has used him as a consultant to determine which college athletes are even worth
taking a second look at for the draft. He has written articles for
many well-respected magazines and his long awaited book on Renegade-style
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Without further ado, Coach Davies...
Over the last year many readers have
become exposed to my Renegade training philosophy. My training philosophy
has been considered draconian to some and just simply unscientific
madness by others. Yet as often the case - results speak for themselves
and the extraordinary results of the Renegade athlete has validated
my approach time and time again. Yet in fact these results are not
borne of a blind luck but of careful, intense planning and a ruthless
dedication to assail the greatest heights of physical performance.
As I was approached to write a column for Shapeshifter, I was given the luxury to discuss a limitless range of topics. After much consideration, it was obvious that while much is discussed on physical training issues little in written in an unbiased setting on preparation outside of an athletes training period. Unfortunately athletes whether young or old have a great deal of difficulty obtaining information that is written without a hidden agenda of selling some sort of product. In today's age of limitless information it is extremely difficult to sort out the fact from the hype for even myself. Therefore, with this mind the focus of this column will be to present the equally important side's of athletic development and health management of mental preparation, visualization, motivation, regeneration techniques, diet and nutrition. While the topics discussed will be practically used to enhance sports performance they can naturally be used to improve general health, motivation and work related performance in everyday walks of life. Of course by now you may be considering the title of the column. With such an ominous title I should possibly explain the concept of "The Call of the Hunt" before there is too much confusion. It is possibly best described using one of my first encounters as a guest coach to a team and seeing athletes flourish by understanding this concept.
It was early summer and I had scheduled
the first practice with a new team to start just minutes before
the sun rose. I remember the morning quite well as it had a menacing
feel to it. The morning air was heavy with a modest chill to it
and the ground was dew covered. That time of the morning is special
for bringing athletes together as if they were great warriors readying
for battle. Assembling before me with barely a sound they keenly
fixed their eyes on me. As I surveyed the group, something was curiously
unique about them. Physically, they were a ragtag group who most
considered simply as average, but looking into their eyes they had
that special look that screamed out that they wanted much more of
themselves. They were not going to surrender until they were the
best and yes emblazoned on me what the Renegade athlete was. Courteous
and dedicated they listened and responded to my training regardless
of pain and exhaustion. No glamour here - just a brilliant blue-collar
work ethic that was relentless where others would easily "ring
the bell" and give-up. Over and over as the years went by they
dedicated themselves daily as if there lives depended on it. Like
the great warriors of an ancient civilization they were "on
the hunt" to fend for there family, their brothers, their teammates.
It was if they fought on to stave off being vanquished from superior
opponents as they dedicated themselves to there craft and developed
into imposing warrior-athletes of there own right. As time went
on their commitment and dedication was rewarded handsomely as they
attained their loftiest of goals. For these athletes, they understood
that the pathway to greatness that I speak of so often was through
the concept of being "on the hunt".
Therefore you can see the title of the
column isn't merely of what it takes physically for athletic success
but equally the role of will, desire and complete focus. As we consider
the parameters of being "on the hunt" it will also becoming
glaringly clear how it applies to not simply those seeking athletic
superiority but those who wish to take control of there own destiny.
In fact, it becomes the manner in which each of us carries ourselves
in day-to-day existence. For no longer do we slink through life
and accept what happens but instead kick the door of opportunity
open. Like a great noble warrior we are empowered to seize opportunity
and answer to the toughest competitor of all - ourselves. From every
vantage of life - whether it be mental preparation for sport or
weight management for health concerns, greatness lays within our
grasp, no answer the call.