3 Rounds for time
10 Front squats (185#/135#)
20 Chest to bar pull-ups
50 Double unders
Time cap = 15 minutes
Penalty = 1 min L-sit
Work up to heavy set of 10 Romanian Deadlifts
The 1,000 Rep Problem
There was an interesting article written by Matt Foreman, recently, The 1,000 Rep Problem. In it, he makes a point that I have made several times, but I like the way Matt puts a number on it, the number is totally arbitrary, by the way. Of course the analogy between developing correct technique and peeing in the shower is brilliant also.
The main point of the article is, in order to become really good at something, you have to do it REALLY WELL a WHOLE LOT of times. Now, make sure you are reading this correctly. That doesn’t say you just have to do something a lot of times and then you’ll be really good at it. It says that you have to do something REALLY WELL a lot of times in order to become really good at it. See the difference?
How about this other really good point: Just because you do it REALLY WELL once, that doesn’t mean that you will do it REALLY WELL every time. Ever see Tiger Woods shank a golf shot into the crowds?
Here are a couple of key exerpts from the article:
Yeah, the 1,000 rep problem. Let me explain what I’m talking about, although many of you already see where this is going. The 1,000 rep problem is the situation that exists when a lifter has finally found the correct technique of the SN or C&J. After tons of work and coaching, they’ve done it right. But now they have to do it right another 1,000 times to memorize that correct movement.
We’re talking about things like muscle memory, nervous system memorization of a specific movement, motor learning, that kind of stuff. Some people think of this as learning correct technique and then making it a habit. I don’t really see it as a habit. I think of it as learning correct technique and then continuing to do it right until you basically don’t know how to do it wrong anymore. Habits are just recurring behaviors, like peeing in the shower. You can stop doing those things any time you want. I’m talking about a more fanatical level of performance, where your body just instinctively executes a certain movement because that’s all it knows how to do.
Now, here are a few extra notes about this:
- You only get the 1,000 rep problem after you’ve done it right for the first time. Your first correct rep was #1. Many of you haven’t even hit that one yet.
- Crappy lifts don’t count towards your accumulated total. So if you’ve done 287 correct lifts and then you have a workout where your technique is totally whacked and you wind up doing thirty sloppy snatches, you’re still at 287 at the end of the day.