Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
“A bad program executed perfectly is better than a perfect program executed poorly.”
If you’ve been around sports at all, you probably have heard the first quote. If you’ve been around weightlifting long enough, you’ve probably heard both. The problem is, nobody really starts out talented in weightlifting. Naturally, the second quote is more applicable to just about any lifter’s situation.
Anyone that has spent time around this sport will know that there’s no quick fix in weightlifting. Of course, some methods are better than others and will get quicker results. This comes from having a coach who knows what to do and when; changing volume, intensity, exercises and drills when necessary and coaching them well.
Having a good program and coach is only half the battle, though. As an athlete, you need to want it. You need to buy into the program and trust that it will get you where you want to go. Dedicating yourself to your training is what will ultimately get you the results. This is where the quote from earlier comes from.
There are plenty of athletes who are self-coached that have gotten pretty far on their own. They tape and analyze their technique, find their weak points and work on them and look for help when they need it. This shows that hard work and dedication to your training will beat a good program any day.
I get the feeling that a lot of lifters out there are constantly searching for ‘’Chinese Weightlifting Secrets’’ or ‘’Special Russian Training Methods’’ that will instantly add 20 kilos to their total. These don’t exist. Sure, there are tidbits of information out there that not every single coach knows, but there is a vast amount of information out there; plenty more than any athlete needs to reach an elite level.
The most important thing that you can do as an athlete who wants to reach a high level is get a coach that knows what they’re doing and remember that this isn’t the end-all be-all to your training. You could have the best coach in the world, but if you aren’t dedicated to your training and lay everything on the line, then there will always be something left on the table.
I’ll just leave you with this quote from Dmitry Klokov, World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist.
“Not one single person in weightlifting considered me a talented athlete. I can tell you that I consider myself absolutely not a talented athlete. If you consider physical abilities such as strength, speed, flexibility, technique and the like, I had absolutely none. Everything I achieved was due to very grueling training sessions, desire, and absolute determination to succeed. What took most athletes one hour of training took me two or three hours, but I did and still do what has to be done.”