Do You Have What It Takes? By Adee Zukier

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Do You Have What It Takes?


There comes a time in every amateur athletic career where a line is drawn and you need to pick a side. A decision needs to be made. How bad do you want it? Bad enough to FIND the time? Bad enough to MAKE the time? If you don’t, I will and so will many others just like me.

Throughout my years in the gym, and on the platform I have seen many athletes come and go. These athletes have been strong, athletic, and in many cases more talented than me. They loved sport and trained hard but 6 times a week turned to 4, then 2, and finally 0. It just “wasn’t fun anymore” or “too hard”. Now they have full-time jobs, families, kids, and simply “lost the time”. You find these athletes reminiscing about what could have been in the beer leagues of their respective sports.

At first, simply playing your sport, or in my case doing the lifts is enough. You can win games, make lifts, and be filled with joy at your successes. This ends. From a recent Catalyst Athletics article I read an amazing quote that said “You start reaching a point where you have to work twice as hard to make half as much progress.” Are you mentally prepared to handle this? A champion is. When you are willing to do the things that hurt, put in the time you “don’t have” and continue to chase the progress even when it seems like it will never come. Loving the game helps but it is not enough.

My coach Travis Mash said it best. Master the mundane. Every athlete loves to play the game but it is the champions who have mastered the mundane aspects of sport. They take the time to work on their weaknesses rather than relying on their strengths.

There comes a time in every amateur athletic career where a line is drawn and you need to pick a side. That decision cannot come from your coach, parents, or friends. It must come from somewhere within yourself.

“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion” – Muhammad Ali

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