I recently published a few short Instagram videos about some Russian boxing and wrestling training since the 1980s. During the time that has passed since then, I have seen a video distributed in all social networks. I also saw a lot of questions about where the video came from. With this in mind, I will use this post to exchange links to full versions. A boxing training video is over 19 minutes, and a wrestling training video is over 16 minutes.
Below you will find a link to each full version (labeled Additional view) along with a shortened one minute Instagram Instagram.
I. Russia's struggle
Additional view – Teaching Russian wrestling
Additional view – Russian boxing training
What's new is new
As you will see in every video, a lot of popularity in today's industry is all but new. Both of these videos lasting more than 30 years are filled with exercises that are still used by high-level athletes. And although this may seem insignificant for some, I believe that there is an important lesson to discuss.
Thus, many of today's athletes spend too much time searching for new or different ways of training. However, they do not understand that some of the best ideas have already been created. I do not know if there will ever be a more perfect system than the one that first emphasizes sports practice and then complements it with established mass and free movements. There is no need to attract more attention.
Over the past few weeks, I decided to reflect on the fact that the old school is still a great school. My reason for this is quite simple. And no, I do not receive fees for promoting old Russian videos from the 1980s. For me there is no personal gain.
On the contrary, I am just a trainer in real life, who is tired of seeing how athletes cheat themselves, believing that they need the latest and best training program to succeed. Successful learning does not have to be difficult. Hard work can have a magical effect even on very simple exercises. For example, using my own gym, I coached world champions with some of the same moves that you will find in these old black and white videos.
The old school continues to benefit me and my athletes, so I urge you to do the same.
“The worst thing about new books is that they don’t allow us to read old ones.” – John Wooden