When you train do you focus on developing skills or just getting stronger, fitter and faster? For me one of the most important component of a training practice is the development of skills. We train to better ourselves and make ourselves more capable.
I break it down this way…
You get foundations, these are the things that allow you to do the skill. These are the requirements and subcomponents of a skill. Then you get the skill itself. Skills also build on other skills. There are physical skills and there are mental skills and we can develop all of these with training.
For example. Concentration is a skill and we can develop it by doing lots of reps and sets of a boring exercise. This forces us to concentrate through distractions and fatigue and then we level up our concentration abilities or we can do a simple breathing exercise where you need to focus on the sensation of the air on your nostrils when you breathe for 2 – 5min. This is also an exercise in concentration. A muscle up is a skill, but you need a pull up to be able to do a muscle up. You need strength in certain muscle groups as a foundation of the skill. These are the foundations of a muscle up. You need to develop these with training in order to do a muscle up.
Look at your own training:
· Why are you training?
· Are you developing foundations?
· Are you building skills?
· Are these skills making you better at what you do?
We are about training for life. Whether you have the plainest average uneventful life, are a professional athlete or have a physically demanding job. That is your life and your training must prepare you for it. Life is about doing things. Doing things requires skills. Train to build skills.
I’ll expand more on this idea of training skills in the future. With examples and a more detailed breakdown of the what and how.
Keep moving and learning…