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Tim S. Grover , Shari Wenk
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. . . You keep pushing yourself harder when everyone else has had enough.


When you work with highly successful, high-profile people, there’s a saying you live by or you won’t be in that world for long: those who talk don’t know, and those who know don’t talk.

I don’t talk.

My clients have enough exposure in their lives; they have to know that what we do in their private training belongs to them. If I don’t have their complete trust, nothing gets done.

For that reason, little has ever been revealed about how I train my players, what goes on in the gym and everywhere else we work, and how we get the results that make the best even better.

But if you’re willing to take this journey into the world of intense competition and achievement, I’m willing to talk about what I’ve learned from working with the greats for more than two decades, how I work with my athletes and how I’ve come to know what I know, what they’ve taught me and what I teach them.

I want you to be able to take all of this and use it as a framework for yourself to achieve whatever you desire. You don’t have to worry about training like a professional athlete—that’s a full-time job, and anyone who says you can “train like a pro” by reading a book is just trying to sell you a book. The book might be a good start, but let’s be honest: you train like a pro by committing to work at the highest level of intensity, every moment, in everything you do, constantly working on your body, your skills, your preparation, leaving no detail to chance. It’s not something you can do for thirty minutes in the morning, then head to work or school or wherever your other obligations take you.

But you can take an elite athlete’s mentality and use it to succeed at whatever you do. Absolutely everything in this book can be applied equally to athletics or business or school or anything else you do in the world.

Because no matter what you want for yourself, whether your ambitions take you to the gym or the office or anywhere else you want to be, your ultimate power source will come from the neck up, not the neck down.

In sports, we spend so much time on the physical component—training, working, pushing the human body to be faster and stronger and more resilient than most people ever thought possible. And then eventually, we get around to paying some peripheral attention to mental conditioning.

That’s completely backward. Excellence isn’t only about hitting the gym and working up a sweat; that’s the smallest part of what you have to do. Physical ability can only take you so far.

The fact is, you can’t train your body—or excel at anything—before you train your mind. You can’t commit to excellence until your mind is ready to take you there. Teach the mind to train the body.

Physical dominance can make you great. Mental dominance is what ultimately makes you unstoppable.

You will never have a more powerful training tool than this: get your mind strong, so your body can follow. The true measure of an individual is determined by what you can’t measure—the intangibles. Anyone can measure weight, height, physical strength, speed . . . but you can’t measure commitment, persistence, or the instinctive power of the muscle in your chest, your heart. That’s where your true works begins: understanding what you want to achieve and knowing what you’re willing to endure to get it.

I want guys who want to work as hard as I do. I’m going to be relentless in my own pursuit of excellence, and I expect you to do the same. It’s my name on the work we do together, and it’s your name on the jersey. That better mean as much to you as it does to me.

And if you have to ask whether you can handle it, you can’t.

When I train my athletes, it’s a dictatorship with three rules: show up, work hard, and listen. If you can do those three things, I can help you. If you can’t, we have no use for each other. I will bust my ass for you every way possible, but I expect you to do the same for yourself. I’m not going to work harder than you do for your benefit. Show me you want it, and I’ll give it to you.

But we have to do this my way. No disrespect to your team trainer or dad or massage therapist, but if they knew how to handle the details of your situation, or if you knew how to do it yourself, you wouldn’t be here. What we’re going to do together is maybe 20 percent physical, and the rest is mental. You already have the talent; my job is to show you what you can do with all that talent so you can bust out of that cage holding you back. You may not like what I tell you, but if you stay with it, you’ll see the rewards. Without a doubt, I’ve had plenty of players who aren’t worth $2 million getting paid ten times that because they’re in my program, they stick with it, and that means something to the teams. If you’re working with me, they know you’re serious.

If you’re a professional, that means you’re managing your career and we’re going to approach it that way. Your body is a business you have to take care of, or the business goes away, and if you forget that, believe me, I will remind you. I’m not here to draft on your fame or your success. I expect us both to commit to hard work and dedication, and hopefully the result will be a professional relationship we can both be proud of. I see so many trainers who want to be friends with the players, trying to keep them happy for fear they’ll lose a big-name client, going easy when the players say, “Enough.” Believe me when I say this: I don’t need to be your friend. You already have plenty of friends to tell you how great you are. What you and I do together is professional, not personal. If we end up being friends, that’s great, but it’s more important to me that we take care of your career and your future.

Some players like to be involved in planning what our work will entail; others are content to let me handle the details. Kobe wants to be part of figuring out what we have to do together; Michael was the same. Kobe will come to me and say something like, “Listen, when I jump off with my left leg I’m getting a pain in my knee.” So I’ll go back and retrace his steps: When did you start feeling it, what part of the game? Then I’ll go to the video and replay everything he did, looking for something that might have affected that knee. Or was it something we did together working out? And I’ll go through all the exercises to see if we might have aggravated something. I can say to him, “Remember in the Utah game, during this play, when this and that happened . . . ?” And he’ll know what I’m talking about, we’ll review the situation, until I can eventually say to him with some certainty, “I think your knee problem might have started there, and now we need to do this and that to fix it.” Total collaboration.

So I’m happy to listen to your input and ideas, but once you’re working with me, you agree to let me do what I do. No options. Most people have too many options, and they rarely choose the tougher one. Do you want to work out for ninety minutes or thirty minutes? Most people take the thirty minutes. Here, try this, but if it’s too hard, we can make it easier. And they automatically make it easier. So I’m not giving you options. Nothing for you to think about. Let me do all the thinking for both of us. I’m making your life easy by doing all the homework and giving you the answers to the test. Just show up, work hard, and listen. That’s your part of the deal. Do the work.

Do. The. Work. Every day, you have to do something you don’t want to do. Every day. Challenge yourself to be uncomfortable, push past the apathy and laziness and fear. Otherwise, the next day you’re going to have two things you don’t want to do, then three and four and five, and pretty soon, you can’t even get back to the first thing. And then all you can do is beat yourself up for the mess you’ve created, and now you’ve got a mental barrier to go along with the physical barriers.

For my guys, I’m the thing they don’t want to do. For you, maybe it’s something at the office or at home or at the gym. Either way, you have to do those things or you can’t improve, you can’t be the best, and you sure as hell can’t call yourself relentless.

Cleaners do the hardest things first, just to show there’s no task too big. They might not be happy about it, they don’t ever love it, but they’re always thinking about the destination, not the bumpy road that takes them there. They do whatever they have to because they know it’s necessary, and you usually don’t have to tell them twice. More likely, while everyone else is slumped over in complete exhaustion, they’ll want to do it all again, and then they’ll say the second time was the best.

Of course, most highly successful people aren’t accustomed to being told what to do. Yes, I know the team staff doesn’t make you do this, that’s the problem; they can’t throw your ass out when you don’t show up or you refuse to do the work. I can. The hot tubs, the cold tubs, the therapies, the late nights . . ....

Revue de presse

"Tim Grover is the master of mental toughness. This book is the blueprint for discovering what you are capable of achieving, getting results you never imagined, reaching the highest level of success--and then going even higher." (Kobe Bryant)

"I consider Tim Grover to be second to none in his knowledge of sports training, and he was an invaluable part of my training program. He is a take-charge person, with a deliberate but energetic and enthusiastic technique." (Michael Jordan)

"Tim Grover’s insight into leadership and excellence has taken the greats to the top, and his book will do the same for you. Relentless is about breaking the rules that hold you back and trusting your instincts to take you where you want to be."

(Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, Duke University and USA Men’s Olympic Basketball head coach, and bestselling author of Leading with the Heart)

This book will do for you what Tim has done for me--take you to the next level, and show you how to be the best at whatever you do. I have unbelievable trust and faith in him.”

(Dwyane Wade)

"In all the years that I coached, inspired and trained world class athletes there was no better resource to collaborate with than Tim Grover." (Pat Riley, 8-time NBA champion and NBA Hall-of-Fame coach)

"If you compete at anything--sports or business or life--you need this book. No one knows more than Tim Grover about competitive intensity, killer instinct and crushing the other guy. He is the best at what he does: Creating champions." (Charles Barkley)

“Grover finally marches the public behind the curtain of decades of work with the likes of Jordan and Kobe Bryant, a riveting read that balances the illumination of the work of those stars and how it can apply to everyone else. . . Magnificent.” (Adrian Wojnarowski Yahoo! Sports)

Straight up. one of the best books I've ever read. (Jim Rome)

“An opus on successful thinking.” (Sun Sentinel)

"A must-read... Grover calls upon his decades of experience working with the world's most eliteathletes to dissect what it takes not just to succeed, but to be the absolutebest." (

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A little bit deceived 20 août 2013
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I bought this book thinking i would know more about how michael jordan worked out and how his work with tim grover was. But i believe tim grover is talking way too much about himself. The book could be shorter.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This isn't a book. It is a mantra. 25 avril 2013
Par Nicholas Kelly - Publié sur
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This wasn't a book. It was a mantra that is repeated for hundreds of pages. There isn't a single strategy in it to improve or accomplish anything. This was the first Kindle book I ever asked to return and receive a refund. It contains no explanation for how he has helped his clients or how you can help yourself in any form or fashion. The 13 traits shared aren't explained or given any sort of methodology. Rather then are all a form of circular reasoning, hence why the book reads like a mantra.

You're a cleaner. This is why you demand the last shot. Why do you demand the last shot? Because you are a cleaner. Why would you pass up the last shot, because you are a cleaner who has belittled or punched a teammate and they didn't sue you so they have earned the title of closer as bestowed by you with your cleaner mentality. Thus you can defer to a closer because you are a cleaner and give them the honor of the last shot.

If none of that makes any sense then you see the problem with the book as that is a summary of how the entire book reads. Cleaners are born, not made and he knows cleaners because he was born a cleaner. If you have to read his book, by definition you would never be a cleaner because a cleaner would be too busy being a cleaner to need affirmation and help to become a cleaner. He trains cleaners because they recognize each other as cleaners and he is a great trainer of cleaners because other trainers aren't cleaners.

Again if you find this hard to read, then you understand the problem with the book.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Nothing to see here, move on. 17 mai 2013
Par Yun Seok Oh - Publié sur
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I am fairly sure that many who are drawn to this book are looking for anecdotes involving Jordan, Kobe and Wade. None here. At least nothing of interest, and the author himself says so by claiming that whatever happens between the client and him stays with them. Professional, but the advertising is very misleading.

With that out of the way, it's yet another one of those motivational books, except it doesn't seek to motivate you but goes on about how he (and Jordan, Kobe, and Wade) is naturally motivated. So are you, it goes on to say, as long as you keep in touch with your true self and not worry about how you are perceived. Then it keeps up this point by arbitrarily dividing people in to three categories: coolers, closers, and cleaners.

If you were looking for some sort of a motivational book, I'd probably give it 3 stars. If you were looking at some 'behind the scenes' stories of what makes great athletes great, including moments of their not-so-visible lives, you really have come to the wrong place and should move on.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 bartender 10 juin 2013
Par bartender - Publié sur
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This book never finds its stride. I never did figure out whether it was a biography of Michael Jordan (whom the author seems to have a "man crush" on), a bio of Kobe Bryant or his own autobiographical experiences as a PE coach, or a sports psychology motivation book. There are some nuggets of wisdom interspersed, but then Grover keeps lapsing into his mantra that it's alright for Michael Jordan to be a complete pr*** because he dribbles a basketball better than other people. His term "cleaner" for a "relentless" person never resonates. It doesn't reach the iconic lexicon the author seems to be hoping for. It seems like he's watched "Pulp Fiction" one too many times and is completely enamored with Harvey Kytel's character. "Cleaner" just kept reminding me of what Michael Jordan, Kobe et al would work as in the local high school if they couldn't play basketball, since Jordan's only other talent seems to be losing money at casino gambling tables. His pseudo tough-guy vernacular is also contrived and distracting. Trying to come across as some no-nonsense bad a**, using a liberal sprinkling of "f***," "motherf*r," "a-h**," etc., just makes him sounds weak -- kind of like the gym rats who take a "boot camp" fitness class and suddenly think they know what it's like to be in the Marine Corps. Not very professional. But then again, maybe that's how they're teaching PE teachers to talk these days.

The author also talks about the people who know how to get the job done -- the ones who work late at night closing up restaurants, or other bottom-of-the-rung jobs, and work their way up in life, paying their dues, learning life's lessons and going on to be superstars. Fair enough, good lessons to be learned going that route. Yet none of his prima donna heroes did any of that. They got into colleges for free that they didn't have the grades for, got mediocre grades at best while there, and were multi millionaires by the time they were in their early 20s without ever having had a job. Seriously, how hard of a life can that be? But then again, I come from a different background. As a career military officer I've served in six wars over a 30 yr. period. I've seen and served with truly relentless men. Men who keep attacking with bullets in their body, no food in their stomachs, no sleep for days, and still get the job done -- for nothing more than duty, honor, country and a 40-cent ribbon they put on their chest. They are not pampered athletes with 7-figure bank accounts who whine about two-a-day practices. (The horror!) Nor are they complete pr**s to all around them. Now THAT, is Relentless.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Relentless, nah, Ruthless, closer to the point !! 30 avril 2013
Par AZGeorge - Publié sur
Obviously Mr. Grover should be applauded for his personal success however, his ability to communicate his message to an anxious audience is woefully inadequate. It appears you have to hire Mr. Grover personally to obtain the benefits of his experience because any usable information is glaringly missing from this effort.Further, it appears that Mr. Grover is a firm supporter of excess, which may explain some of the less enviable personal traits of his main characters, M. Jordan, K. Bryant and D. Wade. As a Marine, D-1 athlete, coach, father and grandfather, I'll be looking elsewhere to provide advice to those who seek it.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Good stories - zero practical advice 11 mai 2013
Par The Coach - Publié sur
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Has some good stories about elite level athletes, but offers zero practical advice on how to raise your level of performance. Not worth the time or money - I stopped reading half way through. Worst book I have read in a long time.
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