Perfect Practice

by Admin | December 31, 1969 | BLOGS | 0 Comment

Written by: Colette Wheeler

“I don’t ask much, just perfection.” If you’ve attended more than two of my classes, chances are you’ve heard me say this at least once. The sun may be sleeping, and I may smile as I say it, but I still 100% expect perfection from everyone. How? Through perfect practice.

It’s not practice that makes perfect — you can practice poor form and poor standards, and you will get really good at poor form and poor standards. It’s only perfect practice that produces perfection. We fall prey to imperfect practice when we want to compete every day. We forget that to compete we must train, and we must train at a higher standard.  True, we are all human. We may never reach perfection, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pursue it with relentless enthusiasm.

Each time you are in the gym, it’s the time to make yourself better..for YOU. Not for the clock, the weights, the reps, the leaderboard, but for yourself. Dedicate your time to training to higher standards, to perfection (or as close as humanly possible). Instead of competing against the unmeasurable or uncontrolled, train for competition with YOU. Yes, that means being your own judge and no-repping yourself when your chin doesn’t clear the bar or the medicine ball doesn’t hit the right height on the wall. That means going to full extension every press, pull-up, and pushup; getting below parallel in every squat, and finishing every clean with your elbows in front of the bar.  It even means touching your toes or chest to the bar EVERY TIME or, *gasp* not counting that failed double under (that just whipped back of your legs) as an actual rep.

I will go on record and totally admit to faults on all of these things, especially chest to bar and double unders. But I will also declare right here, right now that I will heretofore hold myself to the standards of perfection. Always. Every time. Even if it means I have to record a low score or a slow time, I’ll do it.  Because I know that the most important perfect practice is the difficult perfect practice. Over time, the difficult perfect practice begets a perfection that can run on autopilot. Think of driving, walking, writing. We all learned and mastered these arts and can now trust our subconscious to take care of movement while we do other things simultaneously.  The best performers in any walk of life are the ones that can trust their subconcious to take care of the hard tasks.

I know, for me, it’d be super cool not to worry about whether or not I’ll be able to perform double unders or chest to bar when they are programmed in a WOD. To just have those movements accessible in autopilot, how neat would that be? So which movement do you worry about? Pick that one to be super duper perfect about next time it shows up in a workout. Then be even more perfect the next time and the time after that. Soon enough, perfect practice will instill confidence, generate improvement, and bring you ever closer to that which you now ask of yourself — perfection.

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