Created By: Earnest on April 5, 2010

Training From Monterrey

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So you have a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits from the Wrong Side of the Tracks who want to win a contest or sporting event. Well, they get a trainer, but have no money or equipment, what are they supposed to do? Use ingenious improvised equipment, Wax On, Wax Off techniques, and get a lighter form of The Spartan Way / Training from Hell.

Turns out the rougher and unconventional training pays off and helps them win.

You can tell a group got Training From Monterrey because they will absolutely marvel at the luxury of well funded professional teams. The richer, posh kids will sneer at them, and the kids with this training, while these kids will reply they didn't need sissy advantages or buy success with money.

Named for the little league baseball team in The Perfect Game. They're poor, have no advantages, and actually have to clean up a church yard of brush, tires, and rocks to get a ball field. Their training consisted in a lot of running, cutting their own bats from wood, and hitting balls made of rubber bands/wire. They do eventually get real bats and balls, though they never see cut grass fields until they start competing.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • April 5, 2010
    Rocky does a version of this in every movie, chasing chickens, using whole cows as heavy bags, lifting logs, etc. Usually done to an 80's Sports Montage and juxatposed with his opponent's high-tech training.
  • April 5, 2010
    Mundane Training Magic?

    Film - In Lagaan the new Indian cricket team chases chickens and the like. Half of their special skills originate from ordinary tasks that they do in their day jobs too.
  • April 6, 2010
    I think the common name for this is "poor man's (noun)": Foxtrot has Peter go through poor-man's spring training for baseball in winter by using sun lamps to melt the snow, until he fouls off one and ends up as a block of ice.
  • April 6, 2010
    "Poor man's X" means "the version you get when you can't get the best/iconic version."
  • April 6, 2010
    There's some old children's book about a bunch of girls in an orphanage where this turned up -- the girls are able to beat the other local kids at marbles because they can't afford marbles themselves and so they always play with walnuts.

    ETA: Apparently the book in question is A Brother for the Orphelines by Natalie Savage Carlsson.
  • April 6, 2010
    Poor Mans Substitute is a trope already, but specifically dealing with actors.
  • April 6, 2010
    I like Training From Monterrey.

    Also, Cool Runnings is a Movie example.
  • April 7, 2010
    So, launching as Training From Monterrey in a day or two. Any more examples?
  • April 7, 2010
    As a regiomontano troper (native from Monterrey) I freaking love the title.
  • April 7, 2010
    Training From Monterrey will end up in the Trope Repair Shop, I'm afraid. Titles that need people to get references which aren't universal don't last. Monterrey isn't gonna make people think of the trope. If you had to use a reference you might be better off with Rocky -- if everyone knows the type of training Rocky did you could have Rocky Training Rocks -- but I dunno if everyone still remembers the movies that well?

    Without needing references...

  • April 7, 2010
  • April 8, 2010
    I'd suggest just Improvised Training. The description and examples would make it clear that it's "just better".