Do You Appreciate Your Current Abilities?

Do You Appreciate Your Current Abilities?

You’ve come to a coach or a program because you have been discontent with how your swimming has been going and you want to make it better. During an initial assessment of your current swimming, we’re going to scan for the things you are already doing well...
Engaging Practices Need Uncertainty

Engaging Practices Need Uncertainty

In the Positive Psychology realm, ‘engagement’ (Seligman) is another term for ‘flow state’ (Csikszentmihaly) which I’ve written quite a lot about in a previous series of posts. An aspect of this engagement or flow is being absorbed in a...
What’s More Important That Speed?

What’s More Important That Speed?

Do you know what’s more important than being faster? Feeling wonderful when you move.  This is not really a personal preference thing. This is about universal physiology and psychology. Think about it. If you want an athletic movement art that you will want to...
The Habit Of Exercise – Part 3

The Habit Of Exercise – Part 3

We are continuing our discussion of The Habit Of Exercise. This is Part 3 of 4.   Consistency Is Key We do need variety to keep it interesting and to keep the nervous system stimulated for growth. But it is also very important to be consistent in a regular...
The Pleasure Of Motion

The Pleasure Of Motion

I took my boys to the local skate park on a rare sunny winter day recently. They like riding their pro scooters there and practicing mild versions of the tricks they’ve seen on Youtube. I was watching them practice as well as the dozen other boys gathered there,...
Difficult And Enjoyable Practice

Difficult And Enjoyable Practice

This is the third part of a series on how we demonstrate Deliberate Practice principles in our particular way of training. You may start with Part 1, and Part 2. In Chapter 4 “The Gold Standard” in Peak: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise, in the...

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