Starting this month program direction has transitioned to Patrick DellaPace. Matt has done an amazing job the last year as our Program Director and we Thank him for all his hard work.
Those of you who have read the book “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell will be reminded of the “10,000 Hours Rule” which suggests that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice of a craft, skill, or task to become truly great at it. Even if you have never read Gladwell’s book you most likely have seen this concept in action by watching athletes in preparation for the Olympics or the countless hours spent by medical students studying and practicing to become a successful doctor. One thing is for sure, doing something well takes hours and hours of focused practice.
This month we will concentrate our time on going back to basics and practicing our form. The plan is simple- we will highlight a basic movement of the day (most of which you already perform consistently at WIP), provide you the form cues to concentrate on when doing that movement, and work with you in order to perfect it. Even though our coaches talk “form” all the time, we will be spending more of our coaching moments and attention into making sure you are doing the movement of the day correctly.
Why is this important? So glad you asked. Our goal is for you to activate and train your Central Nervous System (CNS) in order to learn or relearn proper movement patterns through focused practice so that you will:
Train your body to be mechanically efficient with the basic movements so that you will be successful in achieving more complex movements down the road
Be able to recruit more of your hard earned muscle fibers to increase force and power production in order to lift more weight, jump higher, run faster and continue to improve your fitness level in all aspects
Be less injury prone, more awesome and enjoy fitness for a lifetime!
Whether you are new to fitness or a seasoned vet, it’s always beneficial to concentrate on the basics and hone your skills. In the words of Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act, but a habit.” As we go into March let’s be about creating great movement habits that we will build upon for years to come.
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