Life is bound to bring many battles. For the most part, each battle will have the path to victory detailed from those who have already experienced it. But it’s safe to assume the Covid-19 pandemic is relatively uncharted territory. The regularity we enjoy in our day-to-day lives has mostly disappeared and we are left in the unknown. It’s likely you have asked yourself, when will this end?, how does that look?, what happens to me and what happens to those I care about?. Just reading such questions provokes an overwhelming internal struggle. As we are severely limited by what we know and heavily restricted with what we can do, the rabbit hole just appears to get deeper and deeper. But getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is undoubtedly a familiar feeling and learning from past experience is bound to serve you well. Before you get to the end of the rabbit hole, think about the cost of the rent you pay to your thoughts. We are here now, and like always, we should do the best we can.
Before we were painfully limited to frequenting a low number of locations, exercising from home was considered to be the convenient option. An option that would often send you off in search of an alternative. Most commonly due to a lack of progression and feeling unfulfilled. Hopefully you were lucky enough to find the alternative but it is vital that the memory of such a privilege does not encourage you to let your progress stop. The truth is, exercise has never been convenient. It takes grit, mental strength and a willingness to improve no matter what the surrounding. Pandemic or not, such attributes are completely controllable by you. It has always been that way and it always will be. As the scope clears and you gain an understanding of the length of time the pandemic is going to impact your life, you can start to focus on where you want to be when the norm has returned and what you can do right now to make sure it happens. The fears in your mind can hold you hostage and being proactive is the antidote.
We have an innate desire to learn and grow as regularly as we can and such an action always leads to improvement in many aspects of your life. Though it may look a little different, the opportunity is still present. The ability to refine every technique, to sweat every day, to build your fitness and nourish your body correctly is no longer a 20 minute drive away, it’s as close by and as convenient as being in your pocket. The leadership you need is available and seeking you out to answer all your queries. Staying in touch with your community and staying in touch with yourself has never been easier, nor has it been more important than right now.
Control your foresight and set your target. You were on the right path and it should stay that way. The thought of starting again is enough to motivate you to stay consistent. The hard work you have put in and the progress you have made is rightfully yours and it’s worth fighting to keep. The most important note to make is that the only bad workout is the one that never happens.
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The UK has produced a plethora of world class combat athletes with a particularly rich history within the sport of boxing. It was only when a young Leeds resident by the name of Liam Harrison stepped in to the famous Bad Company Gym, that the UK began to create a strong presence in the world of Muay Thai. Since making his Muay Thai debut at the tender age of 14, Liam has competed all over the world through many of the worlds top combat promotions. Following his debut, he has stepped over the ropes a further 114 times, collecting 8 world championships and multiple athlete of the year awards in the process. Pamorn Martdee sits down with Liam to discuss the training habits and the mindset he has built on his journey from debutant to world champion.
Liam has enjoyed an illustrious career thus far. But in more recent times, he has been in the form of his life. Winning five of his last six fights, Liam has shot up the WMC and WBC Muay Thai rankings and placed himself in contention for the prestigious One Championship World Title. Government restrictions on gym facilities around the globe could easily put a halt to the training and progress for Liam as it has done for so many. But as he explains to Pamorn, he refuses to let his body of hard work be diminished so easily. Still willing to train twice a day through the troubling times of a pandemic, it is easy to understand how Liam has achieved the status of world champion eight times over. Whilst acknowledging that he is fortunate to still be able to train with his strength and conditioning coach through the powers of the internet as well as his partner, who is a 2 time national champion herself, Liam strongly confirms that he would remain active should his current position not be so fortunate. He states, “I’d still be shadowboxing in the backyard” even without such luxuries available.
For the professional athlete, training to improve the physical aspect of your performance is essential. But there are many other aspects to consider. In investigating the varying factors that can contribute to the success of an athlete, Liam touches on the importance of mental drive. Offering listeners a harsh dose of reality, Harrison says, “you can have all the physical attributes in the world, but if you don’t have the mental attributes to go with it, you’ll only get so far”.
Becoming a world champion is the pinnacle for a competitor. From achieving such a feat many times over, Liam has a deep understanding of the commitment required to get there. Approaching the later stages of his long and distinguished career, Harrison is wisely aware that an athlete has a shelf life. He admits that having restrictions imposed on his regular training regime has been a bitter pill to swallow. Unwilling to let go of the positive position his relentless hard work has put him in, it is amazing to hear Liam describe how he is doing everything possible to remain on track with the indefinite restrictions in place. He explains, “my goals are the same as they were before things happened”, which is the driving force to continue training and stay focused. In doing so, Liam will be able to compete at the earliest date possible once the standard of life has returned to the norm. He continues to describe the goals he has set for himself in high detail which offers a fascinating insight into the thought process and the work ethic Liam possesses.
In just 40 minutes, the light at the end of the tunnel is burning bright as Liam and Pamorn put things into perspective. In a time when control appears to be relinquished, making proactive adjustments and introducing a positive thought process will assist in staying inspired. If a spark is needed, the career and the mentality of Liam “The Hitman” Harrison is as inspiring as it gets.