“Quaeldich, du sau!” or in English, “Make yourself suffer, you piglet!”, was spoken by Udo Bolts to his teammate Jan Ullrich during the 1997 Tour de France. The roles between the two of them were pretty clear: Ullrich was the captain of Team Telekom, and Bolts his assistant, was in charge of getting him over the Alps and safely back to Paris.

Ullrich had more talent on a bicycle than anyone else during the last 50 years, but Bolts was a worker. Bolt’s mental toughness and work ethic was far superior to everyone else. So when his captain appeared to not give it his very all, he felt entitled to scream at Ullrich. The unorthodox strategy paid off, and Ullrich ended up winning the tour!

Bodybuilding is exactly the same. A good example would be Dorian Yates and Flex Wheeler. Dorian Yates was not the most gifted bodybuilder, but Flex Wheeler was. Yet Yates has 6 Mr. Olympia titles, and Wheeler has none! The reason? Work ethic. Yates didn’t take time off; he never missed a workout, never missed a meal.

So whether you are Yates or Wheeler, you still have to eat your chicken and do your reps!

Train hard,
Maik Wiedenbach