Ross Enamait – STFU AND TRAIN

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Simple Strength Snap shot…Ross Enamait – Rosstraining.com

“complexity only leads to more confusion”

One name that crops up regularly in the world of training, combat conditioning and fitness is Ross Enamait. Everyone seems to be familiar with “Never Gymless”, “Infinite Intensity” and “Full Throttle Conditioning”, some of the most informative and best value training resources available. If you check out Ross’s blog posts or facebook updates you’ll quickly realise he simply tells it like it is and he Leads By Example.

Ross has a wealth of articles on his website and a ton of fantastic clips on his youtube channel. If there is one trainer who’s not touched down on UK soil that I know folk want to have the chance to learn from, it’s Ross. With a young family and a bunch of Fighters to train, I am not sure when that might happen. We can only keep asking…

If youever want to let off a little steam, check out Rants by Ross…then go train!

Meanwhile, here is a little window to Ross’s world…and yes, he tells it like it is.

How did your own training start, were you always interested in fitness and health or was there a particular event that set you on the path?

I’ve been involved in sports for my entire life, so I can’t say that there was a particular event that paved the way.  Competition and participation in sporting events has been a way of life for as long as I can remember.  After repeated hand injuries as a competitive fighter though, I did begin to shift my focus towards helping and training others.  Prior to the injuries, I was just an athlete.  My transition to coaching came after the injuries.

Did you participate in any sports or activities growing up that had an influence or impact on how you train?

Most definitely.  I’d say that we are all at least partially products of our upbringing and experiences.  As a youngster, I was fortunate to train with and around several world class fighters and trainers.  So yes, my own involvement in sports certainly influenced my own life in and out of the gym.

How has your training changed and developed over the years? Are there key concepts that define what you now do?

As mentioned above, I was fortunate to train under several experienced coaches throughout my early life.  In the time since, I’ve certainly made adjustments and continue to seek out new and better ways to improve.  Striving to evolve and improve should be a requirement to exist in the world today.

As for key concepts, I’d start by saying that training is an individualized process.  What makes sense for one athlete may not make sense for another.  Too many coaches try to force the same ideas on entirely different and unique athletes.  I’m also a big fan of simplicity.  Schumacker once said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.”  And while he wasn’t talking about training for sport, his words certainly do apply.  Excessive complexity accomplishes little.  Athletes can do quite well with a regular dose of the basics.

Whilst there probably isn’t anything like an average week, can you tell me if you have a particular focus or approach to your current training?

As a coach, my athletes come first.  My days and weeks revolve around them.  This isn’t to say that my own training doesn’t matter, as I’m busting hard in the gym every day.  I’d just say that it isn’t the priority, as my job is to prepare others.  My own training is taken care of on my own time.  I wake up early in the morning to train so I can get on with the day and take care of business.  I train 6 or 7 days a week.  I go stir crazy if I’m sitting around for too long so I’m usually up and at it each day.

There is a tremendous amount of confusion when it comes to diet. Some people seem to approach it as an extreme sport. Can you give me a snapshot of your own nutrition?

Common sense.  That’s about it.  I don’t follow any particular diets.  I eat real food in moderation.

I have a great-aunt who is closing in on 98 years old.  She’s never heard of any of the popular diet plans.  She doesn’t need to read a book to know that fresh veggies are superior to hot dogs and French fries.  Once again, complexity only leads to more confusion.

Are there any particular supplements you consider essential for yourself?

Essential is a powerful word.  I’m hesitant to label any supplement as essential.  The best supplement is real food. Mother Nature is still tough to beat.

In my experience, recovery is the most overlooked aspect of the whole training process. What key strategies do you use when it comes to recovery?

The most important aspect of recovery is proper planning.  For example, it isn’t going to matter what supplements you take or how many massages you receive if your routine includes too much volume and intensity with a given movement.  Working with a routine that varies intensity, includes back off periods, and is easily modified if/when necessary is perhaps more important than anything else from a recovery standpoint.

Who have been your biggest influences over the years?

I’ve had so many influences that it would be impossible to list them all.  A few that come to mind are some of my previous trainers and mentors such as Rollie Pier, Harry Figueroa, Pepe Vasquez, Cisco Zayas, and Kent Ward.  These are all men that I was around in the boxing gym as a young fighter.

Are there any books or resources you might recommend that have informed your approach to training or life in general?

One site worthy of a look is the old sandowplus.co.uk site.  You’ll see that many of the ideas that are marketed as new today have been around for longer than we’ve all been alive.

I’m a big fan of quotes. Do you have a personal favourite?

I post quotes almost daily to Facebook (facebook.com/rosstraining) so it is difficult to pinpoint a single.  I’ll pick one randomly from some recent postings…

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk

(Note – If you have not read Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik, get yourself a copy. It’s not about fighting, it’s about being alive. FYI – The movie is good but the book is essential. RD)

Currently reading?

I was just rereading “Corner Men – Great Boxing Trainers” by Ronald Fried.  It’s a great read.  I’ve been through it countless times already.

Currently listening to? – (music)

I had some loud Pantera blasting this morning in the gym!

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I am a movement maverick, exploring beginner's mind and beginner's body through mobility, bodyweight training, breathwork, mindfulness, kettlebells and martial arts, focussing on self care, pain free movement and resilience. Find suggestions to get you moving over at http://100repchallenge.com Want to move with ease and imagination? For individual or group instruction please contact me.

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