It bears Repeating

“Repetition is the mother of implementation.”

“Repetition is the mother of implementation.”

I’m not even sure where I heard this quote, all I know is that I found that I had scribbled it down on a sheet of paper with some quotation marks around it, which must have meant it was a good one.  It could have been Dan John (a strength coach out in Utah) or it may have been someone completely different.  Since I’m not 100% sure who said it, I won’t officially give credit to anyone; just let it be known that I did not say it…I would claim it if I could!

Either way, the moral of the story is that you need to do something multiple times before having it integrated into your training, programming, or life.  I post this here in the blog, because I think the point about repetition is really key for young athletes.  You need to do the basic movements/lifts hundreds and hundreds of times before they are going to become habit and you’ll really benefit from doing them.  That means that we work the same patterns over and over in our workouts from the movement prep section into the lifting/resistance/power section.  This means that if we’re working a horizontal push day (think bench press) we may do some variation of a push-up in the movement prep section (think warm-up).  Not only are we warming up the muscles for the movements to follow, but we’re working on ingraining the proper movement mechanics associated with horizontal pushing.  Likewise, if we plan on squatting, we may do some variation of a squatting pattern in the movement prep section.  This does not mean the same movement just with less weight, this means the same pattern and plane of motion, just done by other means.

Use this simple trick to help improve mechanics in lifts and athletic movements, as well as getting in extra reps.  As always, form is very important and should never be compromised!

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