new season begins

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After a long Winter break with very little time in the race car, the new season is now well underway for all the drivers I work with.

I am extremely proud of the hard work the guys have put in over the Winter. My aim is turn out tremendously fit, stong, athletic drivers who can meet any challenge that presents itself and the guys have been exceptional in their progress and work-rate. So well done to Jamie Green, Alexander Sims, Jake Rosensweig, Dan McKenzie and Alex Brundle.

David Coulthard, who was the first Formula 1 driver I worked with, set the benchmark to which all of my drivers must strive for. Therefore, my guys all have to mentally and physically tough. My background in the Forces and the tougher end of the Martial Arts spectrum dictates this too. If the guys seriously want to reach the pinnacle of their chosen profession, they need a single-minded, steely determination and a very high degree of physical conditioning. It is my job as a Physical Trainer, Motivator and Educator is to help them achieve this.

It is a tough path to the top and many drivers do not make it. I cannot do anything about their level of talent, but I can give them belief in themselves as athletes. Strength and fitness translate into confidence and self-esteem. I want to turn out ‘Terminators’ who have total and utter belief that no matter how tough the challenge, they will meet it head-on and deal with all it throws at them.

 It is a powerful feeling and to watch my guys grow in strength and confidence, makes me emmensely proud of their efforts. As I say to them, “you may be beaten by a better driver or a faster car, but to be beaten because of poor physical conditioning is unforgiveable”. Training hard means dealing with pain and discomfort, but it also builds spirit and poccessing spirit gives you that deep-rooted, inner strength that allows you to dig-deep at the bottom of the well when it is time to push.  As the legendary American football coach, Vince Lombardi said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” It is good for the soul and ultimately sporting performance, to push yourself to your limits and come out the other side a stronger person.

Until next time. Train hard, train intelligently.