I found this photo on RFC's FaceBook page from a few years ago.
I rigged squat stands using two 1/2 kegs for a girl in class to do Zercher Squats from, since both racks were being used. It brought me back to a time when I really didn't care about what I didn't have in equipment. I knew what I wanted to get done, and I just made it happen.
In fact, that became a kind of trademark of my training in the early days. I would pretty much build, make, improvise - whatever was necessary to get the job done. I was more interested in the training effect. I was more interested in the result that I could get for my client or myself, than whether I had the proper equipment.
So, until I could get the proper equipment, I made due. I built stuff, I rigged stuff, I did what I could to get it done, and I attacked it with robust programming and coaching. I think the people I was training appreciated that more than whether or not I showed up with $500 worth of tools.
A byproduct of the "Get It Done" mentality, is that it builds a mindset, focus, and drive that transcends the superfluous things that distract people from getting results in strength and conditioning. When you become willing to put the work in and get your training done by any means necessary - doing your best with what's available - you develop physically, mentally, and emotionally.
You become harder to stop and what Mark Rippetoe has called "Harder To Kill". This is where the training room and the rest of your life intersect and become synergistic. The lessons you learn in training begin to strengthen and support your life, and your life begins to fuel your reasons for being strong, conditioned, ready and able.
Don't wait for perfect or ideal. Get started, get moving, and get it done.
If you're unsure of where you're at, what you need, or how to do it - drop me a line by your favorite method. I'm here to help.
Eric Chasko is the head of Redemption Fight Club. He is a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Progressive Fighting Systems Full Instructor. From young athletes to busy professionals, he helps people develop the physical, mental, and emotional strength to win on the field, on the street, and in life.