Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Thai Teen Weightlifter

Here is a very inspirational film. It shows us the power that athletics, in this case weightlifting, can have in giving direction to our lives. The skills and discipline developed in pursuit of developing a talent can be an anchor in an otherwise tumultuous life. It also shows the motivation that some lifters bring to the platform. They are literally lifting for their lives. About 25 or so years ago, I attended a seminar in Phoenix, Arizona sponsored by the NSCA. A Bulgarian coach was touring the country and sharing the "secrets" of the Bulgarian methods. Having just finished my master's degree at the time, the course I had on "sports psychology" (as we call it here in the U.S.A.) was fresh in my mind. I asked this coach how they motivated the Bulgarian athletes to train so hard, so often. I remember that it took awhile for him to understand what I meant. When my meaning was more clear to him, he replied with a story about Bulgarian wolves who nearly starve during the harsh winters as food sources are scarce. He said that when they see a rabbit, no one has to encourage them to devour it. In fact, the hardest task would be to try and stop them. He then explained the living conditions of most of the Bulgarian lifters if they were not lifting. His point was clear. They trained as if their lives depended on it. Because indeed, they did.

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