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Old June 1st, 2011, 02:51 PM
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A Gauge for Measuring Effective Practice

This is a good blog article on how to practice better. I can see this applying to just about everything I want to improve.
  • R stands for Reaching/Repeating.
  • E stands for Engagment.
  • P stands for Purposefulness
  • S stands for Strong, Direct, Immediate Feedback.
Paul Hanley

"When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before."
--- Jacob Riis
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Old June 1st, 2011, 04:38 PM
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My wife and I took a road trip today and we talking around this topic a bit. One of the problems with living today, I contend, is the over-abundance of information. Any schmuck can go to pubmed and get information without having the training to contextualize the information. Or every day of the week you can go to a different meta site and read about the training protocol to end all protocols. It never stops. That's why the R.E.P.S. conceptualization is nice. It simplifies a lot of the details and helps you cut through the B.S. and access if you're practicing well. The hardest letter for me is the "R": it is difficult for me to determine if I am truly reaching the periphery of my ability, or if I am pussing out and settling for mediocrity. The other letters I am confident in, especially the "s"; when you're engaging in stylized olympic lifting feedback is constant and immediate: if you screw up, the rep doesn't get locked out.
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