Practice Until You Get It Right

Inspiration and wise words can pop up in the most random places (you only need to look at my recent Mary Poppins post to see that). Last weekend I was wathcing TV with my daughter and were watching a new cartoon (Jacob Two Two). The cartoon is based on Mordecai Richler's books and Jacob Two-Two is a young kid that comes from a big family. The basic premise of each cartoon is that the underdog can always triumph in the end! 

So in this particular episode Jacob was practicing ice hockey with his dad, and his dad came out with one of the best coaching tips I've heard in a long time. Here's the line that I think really works for anyone that coaches and made the lightbulb go ping in my head. 

 "Practice until you get it right and then practice until you can't get it wrong!" 

 (Jacob Two Two and his wise old Dad!) 

Technical competency should be the cornerstone of all good strength and conditioning and athletic development programmes. We all know that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an "expert", we need to encourage all of our clients to practice until they get it right and then to keep on practicing until they can't get it wrong. 

It just goes to prove that you can pick up tips from the strangest of places although and I can't say I've had similar experiences watching Peppa Pig or Diddy Dick and Dom, but....


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