The Road Less Traveled

Shawn Rhoden's Olympia Training Journal - Part 2

The Road Less Traveled

Grab your copy of the November 2013 issue of FLEX Magazine and check out "The Road Less Traveled."  In this special feature, Olympia-contender Shawn Rhoden spent a week with 8x Mr. Olympia training, listening, watching, and learning how to be great.  FLEX was there for every second and here's a sneak peak of what we captured:

“That’s where you win Mr. O... in the mind.” You might recognize this quote from Ronnie Coleman if you read Part 1 of this series. The importance of a champion’s mental state is what Coleman was really trying to hammer into Shawn Rhoden’s head during the whole week of training in Texas. In typical Coleman fashion, he’d rather show you what he meant than keep talking about it. Coleman is more of an “actions speak louder than words” kind of guy, which is one of the reasons he’s the greatest of all time....

4:15 p.m. “Time to go to work!” When you hear Big Ron screaming that throughout the house, you know it’s time to put your hard hat on. Coleman’s Escalade is packed and departs for Metroflex. No talking during this ride to the gym, just focus and mirror-bumping music. As you’ve seen many times in his training videos, Coleman rolls to the gym the same exact way, with the same exact mindset. As I mentioned earlier, he brought his team here to teach them what it takes to be a champion—and there’s no better way to do that than to lead by example and show them.

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