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The Best Training Advice I Ever Received by Dylan Muhlenberg

Get Angry

Working at Men’s Health means that choosing just one inspirational sound bite is like trying to sip from a fire hose. After all, I’m the guy responsible for sending out all those #MHfit tweets, stuff that inspires our readers to get off of the couch, like: “Sweat is fat crying” “Don’t reward yourself with food. You are not a dog” and “Today I will be better than I was yesterday.” Then there’s the content I upload to our website, motivational stories like the King of The Fat Guys (hyperlink: http://www.mh.co.za/weight-loss/getting-started/king-of-the-fat-guys), a piece on a blind marathon runner http://run.mh.co.za/run/running-blindand Life Lessons From Superheroes http://www.mh.co.za/downtime/guy-wisdom/life-lessons-from-super-heroesI can’t help but feel inspired on a daily basis. And every day is a school day.

Still, while all of this meanders my subconscious, the best training advice that I ever received was from my friend Garth. His advice was simple: get angry. We’d lived together for a while and when I wasn’t dry-retching watching him force feed himself on 2-litre ice-cream tubs filled with boiled fish, boiled potatoes, boiled chicken, boiled rice and sprinkled with Creatine, I was asking him not to wax and self-tan in the lounge. Garth was a body-builder, see, and what helped him complete that last rep or turn down that beer was anger. Of which he had a limitless supply. This is his motivational speech:

 “Motivation. It all comes down to how much you really want it. You got to get angry. Very angry. Not bread has gone up 20 cents angry - I’m talking George Samaras in ‘96 angry. Think about what you'd give to go back and be 13-year old Dylan right now? Get angry and you'll put in the hours, put in the hours and you'll be lethal, be lethal and you've got a first round K.O. Oh, and watch The Warrior. Watch it again.Now scram and let me know when it’s done.“

If Garth sounds like an angry young man it’s because he is. He works as a clerk in a bank, and is the kind of guy who smiles when he tells you that your Passport isn’t a valid form of identification. You’re probably also wondering what "George Samaras angry" is. George Samaras made me cry when I was in std. 6. Crying in front of your class at an all boys’ school is something that you never live down. Which, to be honest, is pretty smallbeer now that I’ve got new embarrassments and failures to haunt me. Still, Garth's advice was sound. So when my alarm clock goes off at Sparrow’s Fart, or my knees start to buckle on a hill, or I just can’t keep up with the guy in front of me – I think back to all those times I wish I had a second chance. I reach down deep within and go at my present obstacle with the intensity I would use on, say, George Samaras. You can use that guy who cut you off in traffic, the petrol price going up, that guy in sales who irks you on a daily basis, your boss, your ex, your friend who stole your ex, your Super 15 team underperforming… Take some time to learn to hate. Get angry. Then get out there and use this to fuel your fire. 

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