A Practice in Practicing


Programming for Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Remember when you were a kid and your parents, teachers, and otherwise know-it-all adults would tell you, “Practice makes perfect!”? As a kid, all this may have meant to you is that you had to do more of whatever it is that you were doing in order to get better at it.  While the principle certainly still applies to us today, the meaning and significance of this cliche is likely much more perceivable.

With a child’s mind, you may not have noticed the incremental changes in your abilities after putting in the hours with your baseball, your saxophone, or your books.  Most of us simply noticed that over time, we performed better.  As an adult however, we have had plenty of time to practice practicing… and now we are a lot more skilled at noticing that each pull on the barbell, or each attempt at a handstand, is a process in continual refinement.  While the rewards of practice when we kids seemed to take months or years, as an adult we have the awareness that allows us to celebrate each improvement as it happens!

With today’s skills portion of our workout, we are want you to continue to practice practicing.  Take the time to notice how with each attempt at a movement you learn something new either about your body, or about the technique required for flawless execution.  Take note of these lessons so that you can recognize where you need to focus, and also when to congratulate yourself for improving.

Practice is life long.  So too then, are the opportunities for improvement.

1 Kilometer Row
30 Minutes to Learn, Perfect, and Progress:
Pistols — Seated, Assisted, Roll Downs, Negatives
Balance Beam — Walk, Lunge, Scoop, Eyes Closed
Handstand –Free, Rolls, Cartwheel, Flips
Every Minute on the Minute for 10 Minutes
5, 7, or 10 Burpees as Fast as Possible