Gym Jones features a grueling training system that creates disciples and not just “gym-goers.”
Maybe you’ve seen the Spartan warriors from the movie 300 and you already know. If not, the video below will provide the type of vivid introduction that you are sorely in need of.
At Gym Jones, training the Mind is Primary. “The mind is primary. The mind drags the body—struggling behind it—rarely the opposite. When spirit increases, improved physical performance is a consequence. As performance improves, spirit soars, confidence evolves and character develops.”
When the mind gets strong, so does everything else. The only way to train the mind is to endure things that the body cannot. It must be a keystone part of your development, it cannot be easy and there is no “hacks.” The key to a strong mind is to forge one through pain and discomfort.
“If you concentrate on the mental aspect it is inevitable that the physical side will follow.”
Herb Elliot, Gold Medal Winner in the 1500m, Rome Olympics, 1960
The mind is primary. The mind drags the body—struggling behind it—rarely the opposite. When spirit increases, improved physical performance is a consequence. As performance improves, spirit soars, confidence evolves and character develops.
Individuals with great physical talent are common. Training comes easily to them because they undertake it as 90% physical. But competition is 90% mental and physically weaker athletes often triumph. This suggests that mental training must not be separated from physical training.
Be willing to accept and enjoy suffering so that physical work in the gym is not hard. A positive relationship to physical and psychological pain may prevent the most common training mistake: doing what you’re already good at. Reinforcing pre-existing strengths does little to aid development. On the other hand, addressing weaknesses is a powerful training stimulus. But it requires the right attitude.
Attitude can be trained in most people. A consistent cycle of stimulus-and-response will cause change. Conscious, directed thought and action will break a habit, though the longer the habit has been expressed the more difficult it is to rip out its subconscious roots.
Accurate self-knowledge precedes behavioral change. Honest, thorough self-assessment isn’t easy, so a coach must facilitate self-discovery by exposing physiological and psychological characteristics. Surprise tests that force the athlete to respond truthfully to the stimulus as it happens are invaluable. Trusting the coach and the environment is imperative otherwise the athlete will not go to the edge of his or her abilities to risk failure. Being surrounded by trustworthy, caring and careful people is the foundation on which progress sits.
A Gym Jones coach expects higher performance than the athlete believes possible of himself.
Expectation + Encouragement + Confidence in his Ability = Transcendent Physical Performance.
We apply the pressure every minute of every day. We live the ideal we teach. We eat better than they eat. We train and recover more intelligently. We lead by example. We scrutinize. We notice when they gain weight or lose it. We notice when fitness improves or declines, and when they don’t recover. This is what being a coach truly means: we get in their heads and live inside their lives 365 days a year.
You become what you do. More importantly, you become who you hang around. So choose your peers and influences wisely.
If the mind doesn’t enjoy hard work, or relish suffering and confronting the unknown then no program, no amount of training can be effective. The physical part is easy—it’s just picking stuff up and putting it down. But if you can’t get right in your head the physical training will not produce psychological changes that transfer to every aspect of one’s life. Without active mental participation, sport may not be used as a tool of self-discovery. The muscle we are interested in training is inside the skull.
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