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3 Hours of Sprint Training in the Hot Florida Sun

Bula Bula Friend,

On Monday, just before 11 a.m. - I was sitting in the waiting room at the dentist's office.

On a table in front of me were a bunch of magazines.

Naturally, being an idiot dumb jock, I gravitated to the Sports Illustrated, especially because it had an article on Randy Moss, the controversial wide receiver, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, and now with the Oakland Raiders.

Briefly, today's tip won’t be about Moss’s talent, behavior, or social skills; Lord knows there has been too much written about that already and I have sort of a "who cares?" attitude about it anyway.

What I was astounded about, though, was the continuing naiveté of the reporters and editors with regard to the training routine of Moss (or anyone else they write about).

According to the article, Moss went thru a sprint workout in the morning that lasted three hours. Then, I suppose, he ate and rested before going to the gym in the afternoon to lift weights for, get this ... another three hours!?

Now the first workout took place OUTSIDE. Where outside? Well, how about the south Florida sun, for starters.

You know, I’ve lived here in Tampa, Florida, for six years now, and Moss lives further south than I do. And let me tell you something. Nobody, I mean NOBODY, runs SPRINTS for three hours in the south Florida (or Tampa) sun. Not unless they have a death wish. And Randy gets paid too much money to have a death wish.

I do some sprint training myself. And let me tell you, most times its over in 15-20 minutes, and that includes the rest between sprints. And I almost always do it at night or in the early morning - without the sun.

Why am I telling you this?

In the last week or so I have received a good many letters from kids who are working out 3-5 hours a day. And they write about how tired they are, and if there is something I can recommend that they can take (WARNING SIGN PARENTS) so they can work out more. They actually believe the stories in the magazines and newspapers. And by the way, many parents believe this, too, and tell their kids this it what it takes.

Just to be clear here: I have never told anyone that it was necessary to work out hours every day, and I never will. You can get great results in 15 minutes every day. For a lot of you who are starting the Royal Court in Combat Conditioning – you may get your money's worth in a few minutes. And that's just the way it is.

So again, according to this ridiculous article, after Randy ran for 3 hours in the south Florida sun, he ate, had a little rest, and went to the weight room for three hours.

I’ve been in a lot of weight rooms in my life, and I can tell you that even among the "professional" athletes, it’s 90% social, and 10% work. That includes the strongest of the strong. Of the 3 hours or 180 minutes, believe me, only 15-18 minutes involve lifting. Anybody that tells you any different is full of crap.

Many years ago, when I was a member of the University of Iowa wrestling team, a reporter from Sports Illustrated hung around for a few days, watching and interviewing the team for an article. The reporter was particularly interested in our training methods. And we told him about running the stairs, doing buddy carries, wrestling for hours, having three workouts a day, and so on. The reporter wrote it all down. No questions. A little common sense would have let him know that we didn't follow the "legendary" routine day in and day out. And the article made it sound like EVERYDAY was like this in the Gable camp.

Yes, we worked our butts off at Iowa. But the Sports Illustrated article made it look like we did a marathon session at every workout. Didn't occur to him that our early morning sprint training lasted about ... 20 minutes. Or that the third workout of the day lasted, er ... about 30-45 minutes. Or that the BIG workout of the day was 90-120 minutes .. MAX. And that was in a very hot wrestling room.

I didn't think it was possible to TOP a workout story - until I read the Randy Moss article.

So be careful when you read about “workout routines” of professional athletes, celebrities, and others. Use some common sense. If Randy Moss really did the workout written about, he’d be playing for Team Jesus .. because only someone who walks on water can do that sort of training.

Kick butt - take names!

matt furey
Matt Furey

P.S. Tomorrow I’m going to feature success stories from women who are doing Combat Conditioning - and Combat Abs. Stay tuned.

P.P.S. Todays' greeting comes from Fiji. It was definitely giving Jambo Jambo a run for the money for my favorite greeting so far.

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