Back to Basics

How much do you practice your craft?

Ladies and gentlemen, the first thing John Wooden did every season was sit his team down and teach them how to put their socks and shoes on.  Vince Lombardi started every football season by telling his team “Gentlemen, this is a football” Just think about that for a second, two phenomenal coaches (if you don’t know who they are, you should), at the top of their game, with some of the most elite players around them.  Started every season by focusing on the most fundamental aspect of their game.  They understood that by going back to basics and focusing on the fundamentals, everything else would take care of itself.

Go back to the basics, an empty barbell, a gymnastic movement, skipping, something which you may not have practice for some time.  Do you perform the movement elegantly and effortlessly, does it look and feel good? Too often do we quickly move past the fundamentals and on to more advance movements and skills in the hope that there is a short cut to performing the common uncommonly well. We rush through the basic movement patterns onto the ‘sexier’ movements and find ourselves in compromising positions making excuses that we need more weight on the barbell in an attempt to disguise our lack of mobility through our mediocre movement mechanics.  This is shortsighted and can often lead to injury coupled with our ability to advance our movement mechanics through our lack of attention to the basics.

Our Challenge to You

Spend 30 minutes the next time you’re training with an empty barbell focusing on nothing but the basics: Stance, Grip, and Positions.  Try to not overthink it when you have an empty barbell, see it as an opportunity to slow down and dial in precision.  Never get tired of doing the basics well, excellence is not an accident.