Often I open up and dive into Pandora ' s Box of more, more, more! And my strength practice can feel like a high stress job of expectations... I had better get this or... *dramatic voice*: "It all comes down to this!"
I am not saying I don't enjoy my strength practice - I love it! It's just that I often will put certain expectations on my personal practice & often the voice the narrates the thoughts in my head is a pretty tough cookie.
I have to hit a certain weight or it should "feel easier" than that or my practice is a failure. This self talk can be good and bad.
To break this pattern up a bit I enjoy finding something I cannot have high expectations on because I suck at it. Ha! Motivating right? This way I can strip away expectations. I can play with the move or the intent. I often will play with the move a few times. Try not to over think it because that will always mess you up. To observe myself objectively without messing up performance in the moment, I will often video this play/practice. Most of the time it is deleted afterwards. But reviewing it can help me determine what things I can continue to work on to continue to get better at. I try to do this once a week. It doesn't have to be elaborate. Sometimes this will be 30 minutes on a Saturday; sometimes this will be 3 hours on a Sunday. It all depends on the day and how much fun I am having.
I encourage you to do the same. Most importantly make sure to laugh at yourself. If you don't have laughable moments.. you are either picking something too easy for yourself.. or you need to loosen up.
I will rotate the things I practice. Sometimes I still with something for quite awhile because I am enjoying it. Sometimes I get better at it and it's time to move on. Sometimes it loses it's novelty and gets boring.
Currently I am playing around with my forward sled pull mechanics:
Belted forward sled work is definitely my sled Achilles heel. At first I stumbled all over the place (even, with minimal load). I am slowly getting better. But there are many technical things I want to improve.
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