Article from this week’s newsletter
Experts say that’s what makes all the difference.
What difference? The difference between ordinary and extraordinary.
Not much really … just 10,000 hours!
To clarify, studies have shown the biggest predictor of elite performance in many fields is time spent in practice/rehearsal/training.
Those who want it most will put in consistent effort over long periods and rise to the top.
Rich Froning and Iceland Annie dominated the recent Reebok Crossfit Games for the second year in a row. That is an exceptional result, especially at a time when the sport is exploding and competition is fiercer than ever.
So how did they stay on top? Hard work. I haven’t heard them talk about any secret training methods or experimental supplements which gave them the edge. When interviewed after the games, Rich’s training partner Dan Bailey simply said he did not doubt Rich would win again, because of how hard he works.
Forget talent, don’t blame genetics, we’ve all got what it takes: time.
Yep, more than raw talent or natural ability, your willingness to put in the hard yards consistently over time is what will bring great results.
There are no shortcuts.
Personally, I find my PB’s come at sometimes surprising moments. Not always when everything seems to be going right, but as I accumulate more hours working on my health and fitness as a long term goal: a lifestyle not a fad.
Now don’t go to the extreme here and think nothing will happen until you’ve clocked up the hours! The point is, training builds incrementally over time, so keep doing what you’re doing, and results will steadily come. You can do something today that will make you a better athlete in 6mths time – put in another session, giving it your best. Clock up the hours!
You may be surprised to learn some of the top athletes at the gym (including coaches) don’t come from sporting backgrounds, and were not obvious contenders early on just based on natural ability. They’ve just been around a long time and kept working.
What does this look like?
- train consistently
- track your numbers
- ask the coaches for advice
- appreciate small gains
- get more efficient
- keep learning
But most importantly, to put in those sort of hours you have to enjoy what you’re doing!
So don’t get too serious all the time. Go the distance. Make friends, support others, have fun!
Easy come, easy go. Build something that lasts.
A: Clean and Jerk 1RM
B: Snatch VOL – 1 rep @ 80% EMOTM
C: 4 rounds:
- 10 burpee box jumps
- 10 renegade rows
– rest 1 min between rounds // record time for each round (these are sprints)
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