Training Through Adversity. Going from the fun/silly vids to discussing a tough topic: training through adversity, using examples of my own experiences not made public before. I hope it helps and inspires others to SURVIVE and get through their own tough times… I’m sure of you have seen worse/been through worse, some not, but here’s my advice on the issue:

  1. makster 13 years ago

    Great video Will! Your advice is right on the money. It's very easy to make excuses as to why your not working out. You need to be motivated enough to work through any "minor" issues. A sore shoulder or aching knee seem a little trivial as compared to radiation treatments and surgeries.
    The "shoulda" thinking is right on to. I sure don't want to look back and only see the things I "shoulda" done, but did'nt. Hopefully a lot of people will watch this and take your advice.

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      willbrink 13 years ago

      Thanx, I don't do the feel-good-ra-ra-sunshine advice, I do the no BS- life-is-hard-but-you-can-survive-it advice. 😮

  2. MeanGene 13 years ago

    "The need for perfection refers to the drive to mold the whole personality into the idealized self. Neurotics are not content to merely make a few alterations; nothing short of complete perfection is acceptable. They try to achieve perfection by erecting a complex set of "shoulds" and "should nots." Horney (1950) referred to this as the tyranny of the should. Striving toward an imaginary picture of perfection, a neurotic "unconsciously tells himself: 'Forget about the disgraceful creature you actually are; this is how you 'should be'" (Horney, 1950, p. 64)." – Karen Horney

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      willbrink 13 years ago

      Great addition, thanx. I remembered who had introduced the concept of "tyranny of the should" after I made the vid of course. I blank some times, darn old age setting in! 😮

  3. John A 13 years ago

    HEy Will good talk on adversity. It reminds so much of what I've gone thru, but kept forging ahead. thru the years I 've had my spleen removed, three knee operations. Disc removed from my lower back, skin cancer, rotator cuff tendinitus. recently hi've had hip surgery…. still working out with a strong zest for life. smiling , no complaints.

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      willbrink 13 years ago

      Good for you John! Carry on brother!

  4. robbster 13 years ago

    Thanks Will,
    Been through a lot of similar stuff in the last three years and you really nailed it in this one!

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      willbrink 13 years ago

      Glad it helps, and good luck to you! Life is a real kick in the nads some times.xD

  5. Paulo 13 years ago

    I just had to leave a comment and i hope you dont mind i´ll share this in my facebook.
    Thank you so much. I believe in leading by example and you, with your honest and open straightforwardness, will surely reach many people out there. It´s not so much about training through adversity but, in fact, living through it. Your words and the citation about your mother, are exactly that, an example and an inspiration of how to live through adversity.

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      willbrink 13 years ago

      Thanx for the kind words Paulo. I have always kept my own experiences private. I felt at this stage in my career and age, etc. that perhaps my experiences would be helpful to keep others motivated through their own trails and tribulations life throws at us. One day at a time!

  6. Joe 13 years ago

    Great words, thanks. I am going through a bad patch, back to back injuries didn't help me sticking to my program and lagged behind. You have given great hope. Thanks a lot.

  7. Irishdeerhunter 13 years ago

    Excellent video Will! I like to think of myself as a bit of a hard ass when it comes to people making excuses about minor obstacles & why they haven't time to workout. I got into wts myself basically when I ruptured my achilles tendon & to this day I hobble around on one good ankle. But, it doesn't stop me, I don't moan about it, rather it drives me on.
    I have to say this is my favorite video you've made, because it sums up everything nicely about people, the obstacles they face and whether they allow excuses to hold them back.

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      willbrink 13 years ago

      Thanx. A ruptured achilles tendon is a tough one to recover from but I know many that have.

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