1872 Ackley Cir #10
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 345-4380

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

January 24, 2012

Guitar Zero.  I caught about 2 minutes of the author, remedy Gary Marcus, visit web being interviewed on NPR on Sunday morning.  This isn’t a book about how to learn the guitar, it’s the story of learning and setting goals during a time in your life when many people have given up on learning new things.  What do learning/mastering a musical instrument and developing a mastery level of fitness have in common?  Pretty much everything!

I’ve posted on this before, but in a 2 minute snippet, Marcus said to learn an instrument, you need to:

Give yourself slack, but practice.  There is no substitute.  Practice makes permanent.

Be patient, and put in the hours, but enjoy each incremental advancement.  It will take time, maybe years.  Embrace the journey.

Target your weaknesses.  As CrossFitter’s we talk about this a lot, but there really isn’t a better way to achieve a higher level of fitness than identifying your weaknesses, and in the words of Speal, “beating them to death.”

Does this sound familiar?  It should, because it’s generally what I tell every Athlete that I’ve ever worked with.

Marcus talks about re-wiring the brain to learn a new skill, and the power of this process.  I haven’t read the book, but I plan to.

Image

Hanging with “Fitness” Lonnie at the OC Throwdown.  Like him or hate him, this guy worked the mike for 12 HOURS in the floater WOD area on day 1.  On Day 2, he “entertained” 3,000 plus CrossFit fans for over 3 hours while the OCTD staff tried to unscrew the event.  Respect!

Workout of the Day

Strength/Skill

Deadlift

6 sets of 4, 65% 1RM

Each set is 90 seconds. Lift at the start of 90s, you get the remaining time to rest/recover

Metcon

10 RFT

15 Deadlift 135/95

15 Pushups

20 Minute cap

This is a ton of reps!  I would skew to scaling reps more than weight.  Recommended scaling for reps are 12, 9 or 6.

About the Author

Leave a Reply

*

captcha

Please enter the CAPTCHA text