Why George St. Pierre Is A UFC Hall Of Famer And You’re Not – GSP’s Insane Schedule

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YouTube knows when you’ve been dumped. So it recommends motivational videos telling you to “Work Hard!” or “Start drop shipping!”.

You say to your self, “I’m going to be so successful, so ripped, so motivated, I’m going to a fucking mogul and she’ll see me on TV every day. I’ll show that bitch!”

 

Unfortunately not all of us are Donald Trump. After a good two week spurt max you’re back eating pizza on the couch crying to your friends about how “you don’t miss her as a person but you’re upset about wasting so much time on that relationship”.

 

But let’s pretend that you are able to keep that post break up motivation and work ethic going indefinitely. How would your best two weeks stack up against a typical two weeks in the life of former UFC welterweight champion & Hall of Famer Georges St. Pierre (GSP) when he was still an up and comer?

 

My guess is that you wouldn’t even come close.

The title picture on this article shows GSP working as a garbage man. It was one of 3 jobs he had at the time, all while attending university AND chasing his dream of becoming a professional fighter.

A typical day probably looked something like this:

  • Garbage is usually picked up between 7AM – 9AM, so the shift is probably from 6AM -10AM.
  • He can’t go anywhere without showering after picking up trash all morning, so let’s say he drives home, showers, and eats from 10AM – 11:30 AM.
  • Then he has his first training session + another shower + transportation to the gym + a pos work out meal from 11:30 – 2PM.
  • Classes are typically 3 hours, so let’s say that takes up 2PM – 5PM
  • Eat again, get ready for the second training, and drive to the gym from 5PM – 6PM
  • Train + shower + drive home from 6PM – 8PM
  • 8PM – 10PM job #2, whatever it was
  • He has to get to bed by 10 because he needs at least 8 hours of sleep to recover from all the training, and also get up at 6AM for his garbage truck job.

 

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Forget having a girlfriend or going out or calling your parents. GSP barely had time to study, even though knowing him he probably somehow still got good grades.

 

That’s why 99% of people can’t do a GSP schedule, and why 99% of people aren’t world champions at anything. And you’re definitely in that 99% because otherwise you wouldn’t be wasting time reading this waste of time article.

 

But we can still learn from his schedule and try to get close to it:

 

The biggest takeaway is that GSP’s crazy work ethic and dedication was only possible because none of his commitments were creative or flexible.

 

All he had to do was show up and the people around him would push him to give his best. When he’s picking up garbage, his manager made sure he showed up on time and was hitting his routes correctly; when he’s in training his coaches and training partners were literally going to beat the shit out of him if he didn’t compete at the best of his abilities or if he skipped practice; professors at the university took attendance and gave him specific assignments that he had to complete to their satisfaction, or they would kick him out.

 

I bet even for a once in a generation human like GSP, he would have been much more distracted if he was trying to build a tech startup instead of becoming a UFC champion. Maybe he would work on his company for a few hours, then watch a UFC fight. Work on his company a little more, then go swiping on Tinder. Go workout at the local jiu jitsu gym to stay in shape and respond to some emails. And because he’s GSP, he’ll work on his company for another couple hours before going to bed. Still pretty amazing, but not nearly as impressive.

 

Of course we have to give GSP all the credit for setting his life up where he doesn’t have a choice but to grind hard every single day.

 

So how do can the rest of us apply the same concepts?

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Here is a picture of GSP with a random guy - because you have to get creative when images cost $500 to license

The best starting point is physical. Instead of working out a gym by yourself, try working out in a semi-professional competitive group setting like jiu jitsu, MMA, or CrossFit. With a regular gym membership, even the most dedicated people are going to skip some days or go lighter when we’re feeling lazy. Really difficult to go light in jiu jitsu when your training partner is trying to dominate you. And if you skip a class, everyone else will learn something they can use against you next time. So your ego probably won’t let you skip unless it’s a real emergency.

 

Then when it comes to building whatever skills whether it’s coding or writing or lasting longer in bed, you gotta set an unnegotiable time slot. It doesn’t matter if you got booty called by the girl you had a crush on since highschool. It doesn’t matter if it’s you have to be late to your mother’s birthday party. It doesn’t even matter if you’re on roll with something else you’re working on. If you decided your “class” is from 7PM – 8PM, you drop everything and spend an hour in class. Pretend like you’re taking a college course.

 

Finally get a 6-8 AM job GSP style. Ideally it’s a real job where someone pays you real money. But it could also be a personal project as long as you treat it as a job where you can never be late to it or watch YouTube videos while you’re on the clock. Having this job will make sure you go to bed nice and early which is a great added benefit.

 

If you do all 3 of those things, that already adds at least 4 hours to your day. Assuming you have an 8 hours day job, you’ve already allotted for 12 hours. Let’s say commute is an hour total, shower shitting and brushing your teeth is another hour, 2 hour for eating and relaxing, 8 hours for sleep and your 24 hours are over.

 

Congratulations now you’re 50% of the way there to living like a world champion.

 

Anyway most of us probably won’t do any of that but it’s kind of fun to think about.

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