I had a discussion with a friend yesterday about a book that he recently read called Talent is Overrated. I learned that the premise of the book is that anyone can develop a talent through deliberate practice. You may think that any time you practice something you are doing so deliberately, but consider that for a second and take stock of whether or not you are actually paying attention to the specifics of what you are doing. Personally, I know that my mind likes to wander so studying was never fun when I was in school - I distinctly remember daydreaming every time I cracked a book open in the library!
Deliberate practice is relevant because we all strive to get better at something. If you have taken our new weightlifting specialty class you'll know that the entire hour is dedicated to working on the most minute details of the Olympic lifts. As you can imagine being given corrections on the little stuff may not be glamorous, but if you focus on what you're trying to accomplish you will see real improvement. Turn on ESPN and you'll see highlights of the games from earlier in the day. What you don't see is the hours of the deliberate practice in the batting cage or free throw line that those athletes put in before getting a shout out on SportsCenter.
Chris deliberately practicing his hang cleans.
A. Snatch grip deadlift + hang snatch high pull + hang power snatch
work up to a moderately heavy (1+1+1), then repeat that weight for 5 sets
B. For time: 100 overhead squats (95/65)
*every time you stop complete 8 box jumps (24/20)
Posted by Commish