I’ve lifted more weights than I car to remember.
I’ve run more sprints than I think my body allowed.
I’ve logged more miles than the average human being should attempt.
I’ve trained hard and studied even harder.
I’ve prided myself on being strong, explosive and in great shape.
I use to find comfort in knowing that there were very few human
beings alive at my weight who were as strong as me.
And then my bubble got burst.
In my first trip to Europe to practice judo, I could not believe
the strength disparity between me and some of the other
Not many of them, but a few of them.
To that point, I had never been man-handled in my life. I mean,
I’ve been beat on a couple of football plays and have been caught
out of position, but I’ve never had a man line up in front of me
and dish out an utter and complete @$$ whipping and there was
nothing that I could do about.
This happened to me in 1998 in Tata, Hungary at a judo camp.
I can remember walking off the mat in utter disbelief. So much so,
that I had to try and fight this guy again. The second time was
worse than the first. The second time sent me to the hospital in
Hungary, followed by an immediate trip home, and then another trip
to the hospital, followed by several doctor’s appointments, MRIs,
x-rays and follow-ups for a wrist injury that put me out of judo
for 3 months and severely limited the flexing and extension of my
I truly am “wearing” that @$$ whipping that I took that day.
What I Learned That
I learned that there was MORE to sports. I learned that there was
more to study, more do to, more that I had to learn about training,
more that I had to learn about supplementation and more that I had
to learn about conditioning.
So I pursued everything in all the areas and I found out that
genetics plays a huge role in success and so does the acquisition
of knowledge and then I discovered that when you couple those two
things with spectacular doping practices, that Gold Medals are
Now I AM NOT SAYING THAT ALL ATHLETES THAT HAVE GOLD MEDALS USE
DRUGS!! LETS GET THAT STRAIGHT.
What I am saying is that there is a very high percentage of
athletes who have won medals at the Olympic (especially gold
medals) who are (how can I say this……let me use a biblical
Some are unclean.
And knowing what I know now, when it comes to playing 17 games of
football a season and you (the fans) expecting your favorite
players to play and to be at the top of their game every week -
that is just UNREASONABLE. But YOU expect it, just like I do.
We expect athletes to get banged up, knocked around and to get back
out there because they are getting “paid to do a job”. The one
thing that we don’t want to admit sometimes is that the job that
they are performing requires some tools in order to do it. That’s
where we have a problem.
Quite honestly, I don’t really have a problem with drug use. Nor do
I call those people cheats. Just like I don’t call people who
believe in abortion “killers” or “murderers” – THAT’S NOT MY PLACE.
My job is to live my life as I see fit, set a stellar example for
my son and for my clients, to operate in such a fashion that “The
Man Upstairs” will be satisfied with my work, labor and efforts and
to make my wife happy so I can watch football on Saturday and
Sunday. That’s it.
I’m not a finger pointer, a snitch or a tattle teller.
If I’m supposed to have something, the man upstairs will make sure
that I get it.
My job is to position myself to be able to receive it.
I’ve NEVER complained when I’ve lost to a “needle leaner” because
those people have a problem that I’m glad that I don’t have.
They have self-esteem issues and they will NEVER know how good they
actually are or aren’t because they will lean on the needle for
success. In life a “needle” or a quick fix pill or a get rich
scheme will not be available. You will have to wake up at 5:30 am,
strap on your running shoes, put on your headphones and pound the
pavement as the pavement pounds you back.
That’s just the way it goes.
Now On Another
Winning, ALL THE TIME, comes with a price. You must realize how
much you are willing to pay and invest in order to win and how much
And you must ask yourself, if the risk is worth the reward.
These are just facts.
The Bottom Line
You all provided some great comments to yesterday’s email and post
and your thoughts were provoking and interesting.
Out of all the emails I received, I wanted to share this one with
“Coach Ferguson, I think many people do understand that you can’t
ride 100 miles a day for a month without drugs. However, many of
these same people believe that they can achieve a muscle magazine
worthy physique by following the routine inside. I have two boys
who are extremely athletic and I hate the fact that they will be
faced with some of the performance enhancement “choices” that will
exist in the next decade.”
The Key Here Is
This reader understands that he has to prepare his sons to make a
QUALITY decision about their lives and about their possible
Drugs aren’t good or bad.
If drugs are sitting on a table, they don’t have a voice, a
personality or an opinion.
What is bad is making a BAD DECISION about how you want to live
Understand what you stand for and what you believe in and stick to
Don’t let circumstances and/or situations turn you into a CHUMP!!