He is renowned for his charismatic humor, phenomenal fitness, Trojan work ethic and exceptional mental toughness. Josh Bridges combines talent with intelligent training and recovery work in a way that has allowed him to operate on elite level in functional training for many years. He shows why training for the long term is important. Josh is an exceptional athlete. In this interview he opened up and showed us what an exceptional dad he is too.
Josh has two boys, Jack who is 7 and Nox who is 5 years old. Talking about them, it’s clear that his dedication and love is no longer only directed to functional training. Both of the kids are active and love to play sports. The oldest son, Jack, is doing both baseball and wrestling. Nox, the youngest son, is not doing any organized sports yet, but enjoys playing around the house, having fun in their skateboard ramp, and joins his dad when he’s training in the garage and courtyard behind the house. He will follow his big brothers’ footsteps and will start wrestling soon.
– He doesn’t have to do the competitions if he doesn’t like to, but he has to practice. He can do whatever sports he likes, but I’m not going to let them sit home at the house, play video games and watch TV. It’s not good for kids, Josh explains.
Jack has been practicing wrestling for a couple of years and Josh tells us that he has seen a significant shift in his mindset. When he first begun, every participant got to raise their hand in a victory gesture at the end of every match. His second year, he was out there to win. He wanted to be the only one with a raised hand at the end of the match.
– It was fun to watch that switch. He has become very competitive. I wonder where he got that from, Josh says and starts laughing.
Josh is keen to highlight how important sports are for youth to develop, both mentally and physically.
– Playing sports, individual or in teams, is great for character-building. That’s what I did growing up and it helped me to want to succeed, Josh says. If you don’t have that drive to be better, in sports or anything in life, you will just become complaisant. Having a drive to become better is crucial. It’s those types of people that drive so many aspects of the world forward, he continues.
To learn how to be dedicated contributes to the character building. When you want to be better at something you also learn to make sacrifices in other parts of your life and Josh believes that learning that will help them to succeed.
Josh began his athletic journey at an early age. However, when he grew up he was not informed about injury prevention and about how to stay healthy as an athlete.
– I would just go into a gym, grab a barbell and go. That’s probably also why I suffered from knee injuries early on. I learned how to take care of myself from those injuries, Josh says.
That’s why he is teaching his son preventative measurements early on. He’s teaching them to warm up and stretch to establish that as part of their routine and hopes it will help them to stay healthier and free from injuries longer.
– People tend to overlook injury prevention as kids bounce back so quickly. Today they get into sports at an early age and maybe only play one sport. When I was a kid I played every sport. That way, you don’t overuse the same muscles. I teach them to wear Rehband knee sleeves because it will be a necessity later in life. This launch is huge for kids, Josh explains.
Failure is part of the game when doing sports as a growing athlete and the pressure on kids can sometimes be tough.
– It’s a hard line, Josh says. You want them to succeed and to do well. You have to learn your lesson as a parents as well, to step back and allow them to fail. It’s important but hard. It’s those teachable moments that matter, how they feel when they fail, and then having to get back up again instead of feeling sorry for themselves. Failure is the only way we learn, he continues.
To Josh, it’s important to see himself as a role model: to be the example. He is telling his sons what it means to be dedicated, to make sacrifices. But he is also showing them what he is doing to get where he is and what it takes to get the things they have.
– That’s what makes me respect and admire people, to see them work for it. Not only hear but see them go through the challenge.
Josh is known for showing emotions and letting his energy out in training and competing. His training tips are just as applicable to kids as they are to adult athletes.
– Don’t care too much about what other people might think. Inspire them!
– Focus on power and strength by letting all that energy out.
– Don’t give up – fight for that last rep!
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