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The Iron Game

February 15th, 2016 at 4:33 am

Consistency and Perseverance

It’s been a long time since my last post on The Iron Game blog. I have just turned 63 which marks a mile stone for me-50 yr. of weight training. Starting at age 13, my hands have gripped the bar for at a minimum of 10,400 workouts, i.e. 50 yr. at 52 weeks times 4 workouts every week. In reality it is probably more. For years and even up to today I am in the gym 5 to 6 days a week.

One of my contemporary training partners is 12 years older than I am and played professional football for the Cleveland Browns as a starting defensive tackle. He still does curls, tricep skull crushers, bench presses and incline presses. I get tremendous inspiration from working out with someone like him! My passion for “pushing and pulling” hasn’t diminished or lessoned one bit. I’m still searching for that perfect rep, that perfect incline or bench rep.

Consistency and perseverance must become your middle name. You may experience setbacks along your journey , could be physical or personal or even economic. Above all you need to persevere. Take your training to another level. Embrace the Iron Game, there are not valid excuses not to train.

Lou Holtz, former head football coach at Notre Dame and assistant coach to my coach Woody Hayes at Ohio State is known for saying that “ten per cent of the experiences you face in life you have no control over they just happen. What is important is how you react to those events , that’s what is important.”

In training as in life it isn’t how hard you hit that counts but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. There are no excuses not to train!

I am currently facing two surgeries on the same leg, a hip replacement and restructuring of my left knee due to arthritis and football injuries incurred while playing football at Ohio State University. I walk around like Chester from the sixties TV show Gunsmoke. And yet 6 days a week I am still “pushing and pulling.” If I can do it with the physical problems I am dealing with so can you.

Friday, February 12 marked the greatest work out of my life! Marking 50 yr. of training! Ask yourself “what’s in your gas tank?” How hard are you going to train? I challenge you to define the “WHY” in you. Why are you doing this? It’s all about commitment, perseverance and self discovery. Keep training!

Gary Lillvis


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