You Become Good at What You Practice!
This is generally true about everything in life but especially when it comes to training. You rarely see a slim yoga instructor lifting 400lbs deadlifts or squats right? Of course it’s the other way around as well, I have never seen a bodybuilder/strong man entering the yoga room, have you? I do advocate allround training but if you want to become good at something then you need to practice at it like crazy! They say it takes 10.000 hours to become an expert on a subject. That’s a lot of hours. So how do you stay motivated?
What motivates you to exercise or practice varies a lot from person to person. Some people like to listen to music, look at some old pictures of yourself, watching a YouTube video of some insane exercises or maybe find a picture on the internet of someone and go like “I want to look like that one day” etc. This article will not touch deeper into motivation than that; this one is mainly written because I want to really emphasize how important it is to actually practice what you want to become good at.
This article might be best suited for the athletes out there who practice a specific sport but I think everyone should read it and take a step back and think about what you really want to achieve? Does your current type of training take you closer to your goal or further away? I want to give you an example from my own experience.
Do you remember back in school when you had to sit against the wall in a 90 degree angle (“the chair”)? Now a days I do wonder why we had to do that. That’s a static exercise and I probably would have benefit so much more from dynamic training for my normal all day life. A lot of stuff like that came up in my mind. I used to play basketball and at the start of every practice we had to do the “chair”. I’m sure I would have benefit more from dynamic exercise/warm up and more plyometric training during the practice. Most of you probably don’t even know what plyometric exercise is right? I will write an article about it as well but in short; explosive jump training. In basketball is it very important to be explosive and you jump a lot during a game. So why didn’t we practice on that? Well I’m 27 years old now and I played my last basketball game 12 years ago. The science and the average knowledge weren’t as good as it is now. I’m sure my coach had never heard of plyometric training and I don’t blame him. He was a very good coach overall and he has taught me a lot in life so I’m very grateful. Your coach influence you a lot in my opinion when you are that young. The reason why I didn’t became a basketball pro wasn’t because of incorrect training that’s for sure. I just lost my motivation to play. If you know what you want to do become great at, start practice at it!
If your goal is to get more flexible then yoga might be the right way and I’m sure that it’s much better than weight lifting. I’m not saying you can’t do both but they might interfere with your goals. There are so many examples out there; if you want to become fast as hell on 100meter you should practice on that! You add some weight lifting and other explosive exercises to it and then you will eventually become good at it. There is no point running the mile three days a week because that will only take you further away from your ultimate goal.