You Have To Show Up

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Last week I was listening to some sports talk radio as I often do when the Howard Stern Show isn’t on the air.  At one point the host was ranting about a certain quarterback and his inability to “show up” as he put it.  More specifically he is always injured.  No matter how good he is or isn’t, the fact is that the majority of the time he isn’t on the field. Immediately this got me thinking that just showing up applies to a lot of situations in sports, training and certainly life.  If you’re an athlete, you may want to be great, but if you can’t show up, it’s going to be a rough road.  Durability is a massive factor in becoming a great player and even though you don’t necessarily have control over this, if you’re going to make things happen you have to show up.  This also goes for making good decisions off the field which we do have control over.  If some of those decisions prevent you from being on the field, you’re in some trouble as far as being a great player.  No matter how good you are, at some point you’ll become expendable.  A player may have all the potential in the world but they still have to show up.

As a strength coach it is also important to remember this.  You’re job is to keep players on the field.  If you’re pushing them so far at any point for any reason that you’re taking away from time on “the field”, then you may want to reconsider your approach.  Sure there is the right time to push hard and get stronger but make sure your players are able to show up every day.

And finally, for the majority of us that want to feel better and look good naked, be a weekend warrior, etc. it’s like coach Dan John often says, you have to show up.  Being active and maintaining the ability to move well gets harder and harder for people each year as they age or life gets busier.  But, as a coach I both recommend and see it all the time. Those that continually show up and put the work in see the best results.  Even I still have to tell myself sometimes to just trust in the process, but it works.  Keep showing up and good things will happen.  If you get frustrated, lazy, or lose sight of the goal, don’t expect great things to happen.  Maybe it will take longer than expected but just keep showing up.  It can be that simple.

– Mike Baltren