“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
You have all these people commenting on other people's failure's, or success for that matter, who have never actually done anything themselves. They have never pushed the boundaries of what is possible to achieve, they aren't sacrificing and going through the pain each and every day, yet they are they are the loudest when it comes to bagging people out. It is pathetic. They wouldn't last one day in the life of some of the people they bag out.
As Theodore says "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming..."
You have to live it. You have to have sacrificed and suffered. If not you have no right commenting on things you know nothing about. Watching from the sidelines, reading books, listening to podcasts, all that shit doesn't count. Sweating and bleeding and actually putting in the work is all that matters.
The above video is of Lochlann Davies deadlifting 75kg for 4 reps at 56kg body weight.
If you want to progress in rugby league, or anything in life for that matter, you have to take responsibility for your development. That is exactly what Locky has done and many other guys who have come to see me.
They all have goals of making Harold Matthews, S.G Ball, or Jersey Flegg (under 20s) squads so they are finding ways to give themselves the best chance of making these teams and progressing through the ranks. Just turning up to a trial and making the squad isn't enough. If you make the squad you will them be thrown into the gym with 30 or so other players and won't be shown any technique or at best minimal amounts. The program design is usually poor due to lack of individualisation, lack of equipment, and lack of knowledge from a young strength coach who has volunteered for the role, and it is impossible for the strength coach to monitor such a large group of players.
So to counter this, having a solid technical background on most lifts before you even make a squad can serve you very well as you will greatly reduce your risk of injury. On top of this your strength levels will be above most of the other players entering the program, especially if you are of Harold Matthews age where most kids have never stepped foot into the gym.
The younger you start, the better it is. You can build some great technique and begin laying down the foundation for strength gains later on. If you only begin training in the gym at 16 then it is going to take a long time to reach high levels of strength. This is especially true when you consider that the training done at that time is far from optimal in the first place. In rugby league you also want to be able to compete physically with men by the time you are 18 or 19. If you aren't on your way by then, you may fall out of the system and struggle to achieve your long term goals.
This is why I feel it is important for you to source out the best trainers, nutritionists, and coaches to help you reach your potential. It isn't enough just turning up to the other scheduled sessions. You need to be far more specific and do things that can't be done with minimal time and minimal resources.
Mani came in with a shoulder injury the other week so I did a few things for him to help relieve some of the pain and gain some range of motion. Now it didn't "fix" his shoulder completely as he still has pain now but it did allow him to do some better rehab and just get around better in day to day activities.
The best part about it for me is how well the gains made stuck. A lot of treatment I have had in the past has felt good for a short period but feels like I go back to where I was a day later or sometimes even just by the time I have driven home.
Working with so many rugby league players and jiu-jitsu athletes has given me a lot of exposure to shoulder injuries, how to help relieve some pain, and how to prevent them. We refer on to a good team who takes this further so we can always get you back to competition a lot quicker.