Sunday, June 19, 2016

Being Present !!

You know what gets frustrating? When athletes say they "don't feel anything" yet they are preoccupied with their phones and everything else around them.If you want to get better at a skill you must first respect the complexity of the skill and work on the motor patterns needed to accomplish it. Research shows the most important aspect of motor learning is engagement in the process.
By engaging I mean this : You need to be 100% present !While this may seem like common sense, the frustrating reality is that many athletes who exhibit poor motor control do so because they don’t respect a simple truth: every movement is a skill. Every physical task we perform is a learned skill. We just take most of them for granted like tying your shoes or opening a door. So if you want to move your body better, you need to change your perspective. You have to respect the skill before you can excel at it.
Movement starts in the mind, and intention begets action. It’s why when we see someones body language you have a good idea of what is going on before even talking to them. It’s also why thinking, “I’m going to press this weight,” or, “I’m going to plant my feet, get my breath, squeeze my lats, and press,” will all lead to different results. Think of when you are in class and I tell you a cue and it just does not work. This is the concept I am trying to teach you, to connect it from your mind to your body through mental cues that you give yourself.
Every single rep of every single movement needs to be performed with purpose and presence.When learning a new skill there are two processes we use to collect data:
1-Extrinsic learning is more or less conscious. It involves understanding instruction, technique, and other intellectual insights into what we’re practicing.
2-Intrinsic learning, on the other hand, is the experiential data gathered through our somatosensory system.
While both processes play an important role in skill comprehension, many athletes focus too much on the extrinsic feedback. When you’re constantly looking to your coach or an outside source for what’s wrong with your technique, you may be unintentionally ignoring what your body’s telling you. This is part of why many coaches use minimal instruction, and instead this is why we ask you how did if feel ? I want you to understand your body and what your movement is telling you!
If you want to get better in form, endurance and skill, the answer is not MORE weight. No the answer is more practice. We all train for different reasons. I’m a firm believer that concrete goals are an important part of making progress. But it’s easy to get so wrapped up in what we want to accomplish that we forget what will actually get us there. You must be engaged in the practice of the skill itself, not simply the results you want to get.
The best way to improve motor control:
Acknowledge and respect that every movement is a skill.
Be present and purposeful in your movements. Don’t be distracted.
Try not to overly rely on external coaching. Spend more time listening to your body.
Prioritize skill practice and acquisition over the pursuit of numbers.
Master the skills that drive the process and the results will follow.
Utilize muscle activation drills to teach yourself what muscle activation feels like. Practice using that new feeling while performing more complex movements.

The most important aspect of improved motor control is recognizing every movement is a skill and to develop those skills you need presence and practice. It’s simple, but as you know, simple doesn’t always mean easy.

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