|About the Author
Garrin Clark is a professional paintball
player on the team, BRimstone Smoke. Garrin, along with the Smoke
were the 5 man Amateur Wolrd Champions in 2002. The same year they
won the largest cash payout in the history of competition paintball in
a single event, $50,000 at the Draxxus International Open. In 2003,
thw Smoke moved up to the 10 man Pro/ Am Division where they won the Chicago
Open and took third at World Cup in Orlando, Florida. The Brimstone
Smoke finished up the season ranking fourth in the world. What is
so amazing about those feats, is that the team was assembled in 2001.
Garrin has been playing competition
paintball for about 8 years and has been an athlete all of his life.
Although he has been involved in many sports, his background in Track &
Field has been the strongest. He was an all state sprinter and helf
three different high school records. At the age of 35, Garrin still
can run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.3 seconds. When he is no
competing with the Smoke, Garrin enjoys competing with the Champion, Ford
Motor Company Track Club.
Garrin's vast knowledge of sport
performacne and athletics also comes from his experience as a fitness consultant
and personal trainer.
From the Author
"There are new formats which are
more spectator friendly, more exciting because you get to see two teams
go at it for over an hour (like in X-ball), lots of scoring, bunkering
(eliminating an opponent at point blank range) and just flat out more action.
There are penalty boxes, half times and some events even have cheerleaders.
The game is changing, and it has to if we want the ultimate platform...
television coverage. I've been playing competition paintball for about
eight years and have been an athlete since I can remember. When I first
started playing, it was strictly recreational. After a year, some friends
and I started a team and entered a tournament, "and that was all she wrote!"
Even though we didn't place, we beat half the teams we played. Beating
those teams wasn't the most important thing that came out of that tournament,
it was the thrill of competition. Like almost every paintball player I
have met, the thrill to compete and win just sucked me right in. Watching
the sport become more athletic over the years has furthered my motivation
to get in tip top shape, so I decided to implement all of my training in
Track & Field, Football and Basketball. Using the training techniques
from these three different sports helped to make me more physically prepared
for competition paintball, but they didn't cover all of the bases. There
is a lot of sliding involved in paintball, I had never played a sport in
high school or college that required me to do that. After injuring my knee
once sliding incorrectly, I decided to research the proper technique for
sliding. I also started studying yoga for stretching techniques and for
the stamina to hold awkward positions. I did all of this; 1) because Ilike
being healthy and physically fit, and 2) because I wanted to have an edge
while playing paintball. Paintball has so many different elements, there
wasn't one book I could go and get that would help me train for this specific
sport. If you go to any large bookstore, you can find books on training
for football, basketball, hockey, bodybuilding, etc. I even saw a book
for miniature golf, but no paintball. I have put together a personal training
schedule with exercises that have physically and mentally made me a much
sharper, faster, explosive and agile player.
Many that know me, know of my speed.
When people approach me and ask what they can do to get faster, I never
hesitate to share my knowledge. Because of the many questions I get from
players on how to improve their performance, I saw a need for our own training
book. The purpose of this book is a one-stop training guide for bettering
your personal physical attributes for the sport of paintball. No matter
if you are a front, mid or back player, a beginner, intermediate or advanced
player you will be able to improve your game. You know, I only wish I had
a book like this to use as a resource eight years ago."