Every now and then we all need a pep talk to remind us what needs to be done, and more importantly, that we are capable of doing it. Over the years I have spent more time in locker rooms and amongst teams before practices and games than I can count and have been present for some of the finest speeches ever given. The funny part is that a pep talk is as different from person to person in it's delivery as any individual could ever be. Sure, they are all generally attempts to be inspiring but some hit home better than others. My favorites are the borderline disturbing/psychotic, maybe because I can usually relate. These talks involve the most colorful language and depiction of exactly how a dream may play out in the darkest of horror. Let me just share a little bit of my all time favorite delivered from one of my coaches minutes before the biggest game that we had.
" Today is a little different than most days. What I am going to ask of you is simple in it's nature but far from easy in it's execution. Make no mistake that the second that we take the pitch, we will be stepping into a field of battle where we have no friends but the men that sit with us now. The hatred is running rampant outside this room, the fans despise us and the other team will stop at nothing to make sure we are so embarrassed that we never come back. Frankly, the scene outside these doors is hell. Every time you try to score it be as though you are looking the devil in the eye. So here is what I want you to do: I want you to walk as one right into the very pits of this hell, each of you with a can full of gasoline. I want you to walk, not run, walk right up to the devil him self and look him in the eye before dousing him with his own fowl fire. Sure it's going to be hot and yes we will all be burned, but we will make these bastards regret the thought of fucking with us and embarrass there asses until they have felt the fire of their own flames. Now let's go fuck some shit up!"
A little over-dramatic but more effective than you can imagine. We spread the team 10-0 and won in 75 minutes. Find something that inspires you, hone the edge of your blade on it, and be ready to spill more than a little blood. That is why sports (and other things in life outside of murder) exist.
5 min. warmup
2x 100 meters skipping for distance
2x 25 meters karaoke step(each side)
2x 25 squat jumps
2x 25 squat thrusts (burpees)
3x 10 push ups
3x 10 inverted rows
2x 25 lunge to overhead presses (each leg)
4x 30 sec. planks
4x 30 sec V sits(seated pike pos.)
2x 25 straight leg crunches
2x 25 side swishies
5 min. cool down