“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.”
I’ve heard this phrase a lot over the years and I get the gist of it, but I’ve never really thought about exactly what it means. I mean, if you can practice something perfectly then you probably don’t need to work on it anymore, right?
But it’s not really talking about doing the task at hand perfectly, it’s telling us to take our practice seriously and with intention. Don’t settle for going through the motions.
In the TED Talk below pianist Claire Tueller talks about her approach to “perfect practice.” She outlines three points that we can all use to get better at practicing and mastering whatever it is we want to achieve.
If you want to get better at a skill we do in CrossFit you need to put in the work. You need to stop worrying about how much weight is on the bar and get the movement right first. Then do it over and over again until it's easy. Then you can add weight and go faster.
Sounds a lot like Mechanics, Consistency, Intensity, right?
Check out her tips for getting the most out of your practice and try to apply these principles to whatever you want to get better at.
Workout for Thursday, August 15
Min 1) 10 Cal Bike
Min 2) 60 Double Unders or 45 sec DU Practice
Min 3) 14 Plate Twists - Slow and Controlled
MIn 4) 5 Touch and Go Power Cleans (155/105)
Min 5) 45 sec High Plank Hold