Stories of Extreme Training

Extreme Handball Practice

Many years ago my cousin once told me about a friend of his who played professional handball. His friend told him that during their handball training, before entering into competitions, they practiced by playing handball while wearing weights tied to their shoulders, legs and around their waists. He said that practicing while having those extra weights tied to their bodies was very difficult and put enormous strain on their bodies. As they kept practicing one time after the other with such extra weights attached to several parts of their bodies, they started to get used to the extra weights and were eventually able to play handball normally with such extra weights on as if they did not have them attached at all.

When the time came for the actual game during the competition, they were asked by the coach to put off their extra weights. During the matches, having put down the extra weights they had long been practicing with, it felt to them as if they were flying! They were so agile in the field, moved extremely fast, had strong stamina, never felt tired and achieved outstanding results.

Stretching Arrays

One of the main lessons from this story is that extremes can be used during practice in order to boost abilities even though such extremes would not be part of the actual performance when the time for the real ‘game’ comes. For instance, I remember when I started to learn a concept in computer programming called arrays. I started to use it extensively in my programs. I jam packed computer programs I created with arrays. I used arrays to the extreme even where they were not needed or where they were not the best solution of choice.

After such period of being extreme in using arrays in computer programs I created, I then moved on to normal usage and used arrays only when appropriate and suitable. The period of time when I used arrays in an extreme way helped me in fully grasping them and mastering their use. It is as if you are stretching your body to revitalize it then getting your body back again in normal position.


Going to the edge of something and getting close to its extreme states as a form of practice helps one master such thing and makes the learning and skill development great.

Have you ever experienced going to the extreme in something then coming back and found yourself mastering it well after such experience? Tell us about it and what happened.

Preserving the Traveling Trainer’s Sanity

Feeling Stressed

When I first started to deliver training to corporate clients in other cities I usually had to spend my days at a hotel in such city. At first I used to spend the day delivering the training while remaining trapped in my hotel room, perhaps watching TV or in front of the computer, during the evening and night. I used to feel a lot of stress and it was very difficult for me to remain a few days in a raw like that.

Out in the Streets

Within a few months of traveling from one city to the other I learned to get out of the hotel room and go about exploring the city I was staying in. The stress I used to feel vanished completely and I found myself able to keep going for many days in a raw. I have finally managed to get out of my cocoon and discover the pleasures of walking in the streets of various cities to explore them.

Having Company

This is best done with others. Sometimes we went out together, myself and other members of the team responsible for organizing the training. At times we even went out with trainees, since they came from the city in which the training was being held and in which we were staying. Even just sitting at some cafe together talking was a great social activity that contrasted sharply with the solitary confinement I used to enforce on myself in my hotel room in the past.

Maintain your Sanity

So next time you are delivering training in another city try to get out of your hotel room every day, mingle with people and explore the city. This will help you maintain a much better state of mental and even physical health and would make your training days much more enjoyable and fun besides giving you the strength and stamina to go on delivering training for many days in a raw at that city.