Practice Vs. Performance

Practicing, gives the practitioner a chance to think about what it is they are pursuing. To focus intensely on the mechanics and processes.

Performance, causes the practitioner to forcefully experience; fear, anxiety, uncertainty, urgency, growth.

In an adaptive, task oriented state you need not think but react.

Take a simple tool as the squat-belt. You never implement this tool until the loads are maximal (performance).

If you want to build a strong straight body while squatting, the belt will hurt your progression. Without the belt the body (muscles) (abdominal & erectors >upstream into the upper back) is taxed/strengthened greater. There is greater chance for error in alignment and efficiency (keeping center of mass over the support) while not implementing the belt . Therefore you actively think (practice) about the movement.

Then you introduce the belt while dealing with maximal loads. You purposefully enter a deeper action state. Simply you have a moment of fear, then commit and proceed to induce violent stimuli. A maximal squat is achieved only with mastery and a clear understanding of the task at hand. You must have practiced this many times over. No active thinking is necessary (it will get you injured).

How do I know this to be true?

Because even as a casual-playful maximal lifter, the personal difference between simple 250lb pause squats and 1 leg body squats vs. +400lb back squats is drastic (at a light 175 bw). There is no room for thought when the bar is bending on your back and all you can feel is your knees wanting to crash inward and your upper body collapsing under the bar and force of gravity (away from stability/alignment).

If you step into the training with no attention of practice vs. performance (thinking vs. reacting) you are missing the whole point. Tests are there, only as tools just like the squat-belt. But I never met someone who mastered quantum mechanics prior to algebra one.

Dan Baruch


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