Gameness is a term that comes from the canine breeding world that refers to the quality of certain dogs to show eagerness despite the threat or reality of injury or resistance. This term is often applied in the dog-fighting world, which is something I’m entirely ethically opposed to, but I think the concept of gameness applies to humans as well.
Oftentimes we have to push ourselves to our absolute limits and beyond to accomplish a goal that is absolutely important to us. This kind of gameness and drive isn’t healthy if pushing yourself to or past your limits becomes ANY sort of a habit, but occasionally pushing yourself into that zone where you know you’re at your absolute limit is important. In a real world situation where you are at your physical limit or during competition you can think to yourself, “No big deal…I’ve been to this place before…I’m comfortable here.”
I stumbled across the video I’ve linked below on the Caestus Palestra blog (linked in my blogroll) and was absolutely floored by the gameness and drive displayed by this Girevik. Please note I’m not advocating pushing yourself until you pass out…lets say he’s at 10 and most of us would be healthier and happier at about a 7, haha.
Here’s MY thing though…doesn’t he have to wake up and do snatches now??? How is THAT going to work?