Fri, 2012-12-21 14:19
Nothing revolutionary here, just an observation.
The other day a few of us were out training, jumping about, doing our own thing, keeping an eye on the kids around us, making sure they didn't kill themselves whilst challenging us with 'can you do this?' whilst contorting themselves on a climbing frame or doing some sort of movement resembling a cartwheel. You know the scene.
So I am repeating a running jump, all angles, not pretty. I say repeating but this is not really the correct word, we can not repeat a jump ever. One of the guys I am training with comes over to me and asks me what I am doing. Despite knowing he has seen me do this jump I explain I am trying to stick the jump, be comfortable with it.
A lightbulb appears to go on for the guy. He says something like (clouded by memory), 'aah, I wondered why you were doing the jump over and again, I have seen you do it a few times and wondered why you hadn't moved onto something else'. This makes me die a little inside, I smile, shrug ask him what he is doing and carry on working on the jump.
This isn't a slight on the guy, but an observation of a symptom in some of the community. When there is so much to get good at, anything you train can be beneficial. 'Amateurs train to get it right' is part of the phrase that springs to mind. As soon as something is picked up at a basic level, the training moves onto the next thing, the next stimulus, technique, sensation, and so on, all in the name of acquisition (can you do this move, that move etc), I must do all the moves, jumps etc on the list or I can't call myself a bullet (sic).
Of course the other part of the phrase is 'professionals train to never get it wrong'. That same evening I was taking a class with a friend and whilst he was running the warmup I scouted the area for things to do with the group (of mostly first-timers). A few of our friends were out training there having just finished their last day of the ADAPT 2 assessments. The first thing I see is the movement, a lache precision. But what rang out were the words that followed the movement, 'how was the quality of that?', and having asked the question and not been happy with it, the movement was performed again.
I don't think this can be stressed enough. Seb (Foucan) said it in one of the 'Jump' programmes 'ze repetition iz very important'. With the abundance of spots, the apparent need to imitate jumps/movements done by others, the ease with which people are distracted by their phones, others, or the wind. How desperate people are to avoid doing something more than a whole five times or being alone in their own company for longer than 30 seconds there is a flitting from one activity, technique, whatever, to another. If you want to see real qualitative improvement, drill the proverbial poop out of your movements.