Incremental Improvements


Incremental Improvements

From what I have witnessed owning a gym for 6 years is the lack of patience in making progress.  Even after expressing how long it may take and how much work is involved in getting stronger or progressing with a gymnastics movement there still seems to be a lack of desire to work to get there.  Everyone wants muscle ups, but many have accepted that they never will get them so they don’t try anymore or that they want them now and they are unwilling to work to get them.  Why is this?  Probably due to our culture and the get it your way right away mentality.  Not everyone is like this, but I see it often. Bryan….”I’m just not getting this or I am just not able to do this yet.”  I usually hear this after a 3-4 weeks after giving an athlete something to do.  Fact is, most athletes aren’t strong enough, and do you know how long it takes to get strong?  A long time for a lot of people.  Maybe a year, maybe 2 years, maybe 3 months.  Everyone is different.  Some athletes are strong enough, but want to skip the skill work/progressions to get the movements.  Then, when not achieving a lift or skill they get frustrated and stay frustrated or skip it all together.

The solution?  The solution is the daily grind.  Daily working on things, even small things.  It doesn’t take 30 minutes a day to get better.  Take 5 minutes a day over the course of 3-6 months and I bet you will turn a weakness into a strength.  Handstand walk 5 minutes a day and I bet if you were almost walking you will be.  The “I want it now mentality” = an athlete that cannot be coached. 99% of athletes cannot skip progressions and practice.  Every now and then someone will have muscle ups right away, but do you know what?  They don’t work on perfecting them, more often than not.  Even they can improve incrementally on a daily basis.

Pick a skill, any skill and work on it 5 minutes a day for a month and I bet you improve drastically.  Find your weakness. Is it strength?  Mobility?  Find it and attack it.  It takes work.