Woah. You actually... made it to the end.
You did read the rest of the series on moving heroically, right? (If not, go do that now, tons of people have benefited immensely from it.)
Today we're going to talk about how the best people in the world approach training and their practice.
I don't know about you, but I want to be one of the best movement artists on the planet. Modeling my approach to what the best in the world already do seems to make a lot of sense to me.
Obviously we can't all train like pro athletes, and there are definitely some factors we can't control, like:
But we can learn a lot from the way they reach greatness if we pay attention.
Fate does play a role, but not as much as you'd think.
In the book The Talent Code, author Daniel Coyle studied talent hotbeds around the world. On a quest to uncover how the world's best reached their level of incredible talent, in the end it boiled down to one thing:
If you exclude this critical ingredient, the clay of your greatness will remain simply mud. So, that begs the next question.
What most greatly affects your quality and depth of training?
The level of your training partners and teachers.
The sad truth is that people will go their whole lives without deliberately selecting the people they train with. Fewer still will ever seek out and consult the help of a teacher.
The majority of the population will train alone, sad isolated gym creatures hooked into the matrix with their apple earbuds and templatized routines.
Okay, that was pretty dramatic. But you know what I'm getting at: the more you train alone the more likely you are to always do what you've always done.
There's no one there to point out your mistakes (creating imbalances), call you on your bad habits (the ones injuring you), and encourage you to give everything when you'd rather just go through the motions.
I can say all of this and you can nod your head in agreement. It's easy to see that having a great training partner or teacher is better than doing it like a lonely rogue. But you won't do anything about it unless you know:
Let's dive into each one, shall we?
How to find amazing training partners:
Finding and assessing great teachers:
One teacher I can recommend is Justin Goodhart. I've personally worked with him and can attest to his level of commitment, knowledge and passion he puts into every client he works with.
You can check out his student results here (you'll find me on there).
The important thing is to find a teacher or training partner that is not only really fucking good, but that you resonate with. Some people might vibe with precise, focused process Justin gives, others will be drawn to the fun, mindful approach of Ryan and the guys at GMB.
Or you might somehow be kind of insane and want to pursue internal strength, physical badassery and depth of purpose all at once, like me. In that case, we could be a good fit.
Working your ass off is inevitable if you want to be amazing. So, why not be smart and make your environment work harder than you can?
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Go, do something now to make your social influences work in your favor. Your future self will thank you for it.