Are you holding yourself back?

I’m currently reading Marketing Myopia by Theodore Levitt. It’s a short and easy to read book on some general marketing principles. The book is very easy to read, so I suggest you get it if you have any interest in marketing. Here’s a quote from the description:

What usually gets emphasised is selling, not marketing. This is a mistake, because selling focuses on the needs of the seller, whereas marketing concentrates on the needs of the buyer.

That made me think about dogmatic training principles. Are you stuck in your training? Do you keep hammering away at an exercise that you may enjoy or be really good at, but that’ll get you no closer to your goals?

I ran into a friend today at the gym and he told me he’d started doing floor presses and had great progress with them. We talked for a bit about making sure the exercise in question would make him good at his goals and not just good at the exercise.

I regularly see people doing weird little exercises that in essence does nothing except impact recovery negatively. This is particularly true for Crossfitters because they see a powerlifting, weightlifter or strength athlete promote an exercise and they want to do it. What they fail to realize is that it’s a very specialized exercise for someone specializing in a given sport.

The serious crossfittian should always aim to do as little as possible to get the desired effect. Simply because they’re already doing so many things.

What that means is that for a crossfitter doing a snatch balance probably isn’t the best way to spend your time – you’re probably better off practicing the full movement, working on whatever weakpoint you have, getting stronger or just straight up resting.

Take a step back and make sure you’re not married to any particular exercise or training dogma. Kill your darlings!

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