Hanging at the Maizels Weightlifting Hall January 2016
According to Muhammad Ali “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”
According to Tommy Kono, the secret lies in the power of positive thinking. "Successful weightlifting is not in the body" says Kono. "It's in the mind. You can lift as much as you believe you can. Your body can do what you will it to do"
"I don't think of my opponent, even in a close contest. I never would say to myself. 'I hope he slips' That's a negative attitude. Saying that, you're relying on outside help. The will has got to come from me. It's all up to me"
"Just before bending down for the bar, I look up. That relaxes my back. I get the feeling that my direction is up. Then I grip the bar and take a deep breath and arch my back. Then I feel in the mood. I feel like a pouter pigeon. When I feel tension on my lower back, I rock backward and the weight comes up automatically. I think of the steps not the weight. Thinking of the weight would unnerve me"
Hard Work, Dedication, Desire
Hard Work is required to become an Olympic champion. Not everyone can make it to the top.
“A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can't." ~ Jack Dempsey
Dedication “In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept destructive criticism. Without 100 percent dedication, you won't be able to do this." ~ Willie Mays
“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." ~ Ayn Rand
Desire is an inner hunger that never seems satisfied. A belief that you are the chosen one. A want, a need, an urge that must, at any cost, be fulfilled!
“If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it." ~ Brendan Francis
Use Proper Technique in the Olympic Lifts For Rapid Results
It has been said:
If your technique is right, the weight will be light.