Also, I'm impressed by the rate at which you're putting these out, Rip. Keep up the good work.
As a MMA fan, I didn't really appreciate the Brock Lesnar comment.
Sure John tooled Brock Lesner in a football field, but does that make NFL guys far superior athletes to MMA fighters?? Would like to see John fight Brock Lesner in a cage with MMA rules to see.
I rememever on the ultimate fighter season 10, lots of ex-NFL athletes went into the TUF house and got their ass whopped by veteran MMA fighters.
Other than than, good interview.. felt a bit melancholy afterwards.. here I am squatting 120kg, and there are guys out there who squat 200+ for fun.. and Even if I work hard for years and get to the same squat as them.. I still won't be quick enough, athletic enough, able to recover as quickly enough.. etc..
As a Rugby fan, I really don't appreciate the focus on american football.
Sure it's what your interviewee has spent his entire life doing, but does that make NFL guys far superior athletes to Rugby players?? Would like to see John take off his pads and play a full game of Rugby.
The point being that if you have 2 big strong guys, then even if one isn't 3 inches taller and 100 lb's heavier, having a lifetime of experience in a chosen field WILL determine the results.
John's expertise is in playing ... (i can't call it football, football is soccer, american football will have to do) american football and his expertise at the top level of competition in his chosen sport is going to tell. John is not as good a strongman competitor as Kaz, we know this because John has never won World's Strongest Man. Brock is a better MMA fighter, once again, the trophies speak for themselves.
The punchline here is the discussion of the 4 year old oly lifting with pvc.
Jesus tap-dancing Christ, he never said anything about beating Lesnar in a fight. At most he said he's better at football and most accurately he said he busted Brock -- a complete rookie -- on one particular play. Also, if it soothes your ass-vag, this is before Lesnar was in MMA.
Originally Posted by LondonTiger
John's program is Crossfit Football. Just go to that website.
Originally Posted by hithebeach
i dont think john was saying that football players were better athletes than mma fighters. he was just driving home the point that to play at the pro level, you need to have been living the football lifestyle all life. he also illustrated how huge NFL linebackers really are if they are able to knock lesnar on his ass
The best athletes in the NFL are head and shoulders, if not knees and ankles, above the best athletes in MMA. This isn't even debatable, it's empirical fact.
Originally Posted by LondonTiger
Look at the numbers that college football athletes put up in the NFL combine, and these are kids who have yet to fully mature into pro athletes. You'll be hard pressed to find an MMA fighter who can put up comparable numbers to what is in the NFL draft every single year.
MMA has not been around long enough to provide enough incentive to attract top athletic talent the way the NFL does. Maybe in a generation or two once MMA becomes more "legitimate" and the money starts to become more substantial things will change.
Trying to say that NFL players are not as athletic as mixed martial artists because some retired NFL players or some bottom feeder NFL athletes have tried to enter MMA and have not done well is like saying that Michael Jordan was not as good an athlete as Jason Giambi because he failed at baseball.
NB: This is about enough on the speculative who's better internet discussion. More on this will be moved to Ends and Pieces.
NB#2: Complaining about "football" is silly for an interview in Texas with an American football player. When in Rome and all. Other uses of "football" have their place, but that sort of "football" would be paired with a different interviewee, quite likely an import. Everyone should be able to handle the fact that there is more than one definition for most every word. Don't tempt me to bore you with the OED.
no offense, but the program is extremely homo.
Originally Posted by TartanEagle
why does he start conditioning early in the off-season? for who?
there aren't even real strength training days, it's just a lot of conditioning, sometimes just with barbells. why?
i never understood crossfit anyway, there isn't a point, you're doing something different all the time and you don't have the opportunity to evaluate progress. sure you have that crossfit total day once a month, but i'd rather track my progress workout to workout instead of month to month.
John Welbourn eats rugby and shits MMA! GFY. With that said, I think it was a good interview with a retired strong ass football player.