A lot of people think that fighters are these arrogant, egotistical bullies
Who thinks they’re better than everyone else in a fight
Then they see people like David Goggins and Mike Tyson at the heights of their careers talking about how they are the greatest people to ever live
And this belief only gets stronger, but…
What they don’t see is the same people at the depths of their career
After they have lost a fight
When they’re fat and lazy
Or when they are still building that unshaken confidence
Because nobody is born with confidence like this
It can only be gained by pushing your body to the absolute limit
What is THE LIMIT?
A lot of people talk about this absolute limit…
But what is the limit?
How far can you go?
And how do you know once you have reached it?
To be honest I don’t think you ever reach the limit
Because theoretically if you can still walk then you still have energy that could have been used in the workout
Meaning the limit is when your body actually gives up and you either pass out or injure yourself
But obviously, we don’t want that to happen, So the truth is…
You can never really get to THE LIMIT
But this game of everyone pushing themself is actually to see who can get the closest to the limit
Without falling off the edge.
How do you get to the edge?
This is an easy question because everyone will tell you the same thing but…
Everyone is RIGHT
First, you find your ‘why’
Then you set up a plan
Then you take action until your goal becomes a reality
But the HOW isn’t really important because it doesnt matter how much planning you do
You just have to take action
And don’t let yourself stop
Especially in those moments when you are in the middle and you can’t see the end
Even though you have come so far from the beginning, you need to just push through and stay CONSISTENT for long enough
Until you finally see the finish line
People Who Got The Closest To The Edge
The biggest problem I see is that everyone wants to believe they are at the edge
And tell everyone around them that they are at the edge
Despite the fact that they still haven’t even stepped foot out of their comfort zone
So here are a few examples of what ‘getting close to the edge’ really looks like…
DISCLAIMER* These are professionals who also had a heavy focus on the recovery factors. Also, this was not instantly put on them and they built up their endurance over time in order to be able to accomplish this.
- 3-5 miles of running every day.
- 10-12 rounds of sparring.
- Shadow boxing.
- Heavy bag work.
- Mitt work.
- Minimum of 2000 air squats, 2500 sit-ups, 500 push-ups, 500 bench dips, 500 neck curls, and 500 barbell shrugs daily.
- 30-60 minutes on the exercise bike.
- “Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it”
- “I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It's ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.”
- “As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.”
- “I don't try to intimidate anybody before a fight. That's nonsense. I intimidate people by hitting them.”
- “I just want to conquer people and their souls.”
- Undisputed heavyweight champion
- Recorded as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles.
- First heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles simultaneously.
- Known as the all-around "baddest man on the planet."
- 10-mile run every day.
- 36 rounds of training, including sparring, heavy bag, double-ended bag, speed bag, jump rope, and shadowboxing.
- At least 1600 sit-ups performed twice a day.
- “Thank you to every person who has told me I can’t. You are just another reason I will.”
- “Fearless is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again, even though every time you’ve tried before you’ve lost.”
- “Nothing personal. I am just doing my job.”
- “It’s not about material things, it’s about the honor that I’m bringing to the country.”
- “I’ve always fought for my country, showing that Filipinos are strong people and can do anything that they put their minds to.”
- Pacquiao is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing and has won twelve major world titles.
- 3 am: Run 10-15 miles.
- 8 am: Bicycle commute 25 miles.
- 12 pm: Run 5-8 miles.
- 5:30 pm: Bicycle commute 25 miles.
- 7 pm: Light run (if feeling good) 3-5 miles.
- 10 pm: Resistance training for 90 minutes.
- “Nobody cares what you did yesterday. What have you done today to better yourself?”
- “Don't stop when you're tired, stop when you're done.”
- “Know why you’re in the fight to stay in the fight! And never forget that all emotional and physical anguish is finite!”
- “When the enemy is known and the distance is unknown, That's when you know who the F**K you are.”
- “A lot of us in life are always hoping for the test to be over. The test is never over....when the end is unknown, are you going to b***h out or stay hard?! My suggestion will always be to STAY HARD!”
- Covered an astounding 135 miles in 24 hours.
- Completed 4,030 pull-ups in 17 hours.
- Participated in 100-mile races for 8 weekends in a row.
In contrast to the stereotype of fighters as arrogant figures, the stories of David Goggins, Mike Tyson, and Manny Pacquiao reveal a different truth.
Going beyond their achievements, these individuals challenge the idea of fixed limits, emphasizing the ongoing pursuit rather than a conclusive endpoint.
Their shared commitment to discipline, persistence, and personal goals highlights the essence of true greatness.
Tyson, Pacquiao, and Goggins encourage us not to fear the edge but to embrace the journey toward it,
Demonstrating that pushing our boundaries is a continuous and transformative endeavor.
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