Thursday, May 5, 2011

If it's important...

"If it is important, do it every day. If it's not important, don't do it at all.."

This a quote I stole from Dan John... who stole it from Dan Gable (1972 Olympic Gold Medalist), who probably stole it from someone else...

It's such a simple concept, and one that inspired my April Tabata Challenge.

Next step is figuring out what's "important".

I view "important" as a weakness or something you want/need to perfect.

They say it takes 10,000 reps of something to form a habit.  Might seem a little high, but you get the idea.  This means if you want to master something you'll have to practice the lost art of repetition. Working on something daily is a great way to build up those repetitions...

I grew up on the Karate Kid Movies... cheesy, but I think its a perfect example of conditioning the body and the mind to unconsciously do what you want it to do...

  • "Sand the Floor"
  • "Paint the Fence"
  • "Hang up the Jacket" 

Caution 1: In terms of fitness, strength, etc. its important to take duration and intensity into consideration.  If you do something everyday, you can't do it at maximum intensity for two or more hours.  Choose days with higher (testing) and lower (practice/repetition) intensities, longer (hour) and shorter (5-10 min) sessions. Looking to improve a particular movement, don't wait a week between training sessions... add a lighter version of the movement as part of your warm up on your other training days. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Caution 2: Make sure you're doing the right thing!  If you're soft around your mid section, doing crunches every day is not going to magically turn all of the fat in that area to muscle. You can't out train a bad diet.

So in summary... 

1. Figure out what your weakness is or what you want to master... Examples...

  • Poor Posture or Flexibility
  • Crappy Body Mechanics
  • Lack of Fitness/Strength
  • Sub-par Nutrition
  • Not keeping your head up and aware in your sport.
2. Work on improving that weakness 1% every day until it's no longer an issue.

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