There is the old saying out there about practice and perfection. This is kind of a lie…”perfect practice make perfect” is a little bit closer to the truth. But what does perfect practice look like? If your training or your life are to be put on display for others to see, what is perfect practice?
For me and those I train or train with me, perfect practice starts with perfect technique and an emphasis on that. The requires that we all strip away the barbell and get to the basic fundamental movements that everything else is built upon.
The easiest example is the squat. If I want to have a strong, explosive and powerful squat (front, back or overhead), it is paramount that I have an explosive perfect air squat. The mechanics must be in place. That is to say that I must know how to breathe, foot position, knee alignment, engaged core, etc in my air squat before it can effectively translate over into any other weighted variation of the squat.
Technique must be my priority and my focus. Just because I can put 300 plus pounds on a bar and kind of sort of fight my way through the back squat, doesn’t make it a good idea. It doesn’t make it quality training or effective training at that. It creates a recipe for disaster.
So I work on my technique relentlessly. Feeling out each and every movement for breakdowns. I film myself with a load and without to see what I am missing. Our bodies are teachers…the mind interprets what is going on and will let you know, if you are willing to quiet the noise around you and focus.
The same holds true for any movement out there. Don’t just see it, and say I can do that…see it and be amazed by your ability to do it perfect. Every movement should be a thing of poetry. It should be something that you feel and know that it was done correctly. You should feel the firing of your muscles and know what it feels like when done correctly…when you find that feeling, repeat!
If you can take the time to focus on the technique, then you should NEVER have a bad training session. Bad sessions come when you only see the failures and do not learn something. Bad sessions come when you allow your emotions to control your expectations. If you accept that everyday you can get better, then strive to do that constantly; it is impossible to have a bad training session.
Perfection is its own reward.
P.S. This idea works with nutrition as well. Start with one perfect day of eating, see how it feels and repeat!