Top tip for everyone…
Next time your training, when you are doing a move/exercise/drill/stretch etc, just ask yourself:
“Why am I doing this move?”
And make sure you give yourself a good, honest, detailed answer. Don’t let it be the usual:
- It’s what I have always done
- I saw someone do something like it once
- A bloke in the gym/magazine told me to do it
- My coach/instructor/teacher told me to do it
Make sure you know exactly why you are doing it, and what it does. So much of fitness/coaching/training is full of “stuff” that fills up the time between the beginning and end. It is just padding.
There is a lovely person here in the gym at work who spends HOURS every day doing “stuff”. They were doing a stretch I had never seen before, so I ask them what it is for and what it stretches…and they said “I don’t know. I’ve always done it“.
Don’t let that be you! Don’t be a parrot and copy and go through the motions mindlessly. Find out why you are doing what you are doing. Ask your coach/instructor/teacher and make sure they know why…and when you find out why you are doing something, ask just 1 more question…
…does it work?