TRAINING WITH PURPOSE
What do you think about when you are training?
What goes through your mind when you are heading to the gym, warming up, and attacking each piece?
Simply “showing up” to undergo training may be all you can give some days, but it is also important to develop the skill of deliberate practice, and intentional training.
Attaining excellence in anything requires a high level of focus, determination and consistency.
It is easier to put & keep full focus on certain types of training such as weightlifting in comparison to long aerobic pieces, but it is important to note that the simple act of ‘getting it done’ is not enough to see improvements in the adaptation(s) we are striving for.
Most people simply don’t put the same amount of effort into their aerobic training like they do with their weightlifting technique. Why? I’m not sure – perhaps because it’s deemed to be boring, repetitive and massively under appreciated on social media. For folks looking to be competitive in the sport, this type of training is such an integral part of the sport, that it cannot be ignored or attacked without laser like focus.
Most of us know the importance of medium to long continuous bouts of training on machines like the Ski-erg, Rower and Assault bike, but we simply zone out, or don’t strive to seek to improve in areas that we can control. Next time you see this type of training show up on your programme, pay special attention to things like: set up, technique, breathing, cadence, and most of all, stay present and focused on the task at hand.
Having more purpose with your training can make it more meaningful. This ultimately means that you are more likely be consistent in the long term.
Prioritise direction over speed: Regardless of who you are, building awareness through deliberate practice and repetition is key for long term development.