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Virtuosity

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Virtuosity is defined as “performing the common uncommonly well."  If you do a squat, you don't just do a squat- you nail that squat. Sloppy doesn't cut it. Even the simplest of movements can be the focus of continual repetition, practice, and mastery. 

Crossfit is built on simple movements - squats, push ups, etc. Even running is a series of very simple (literal) steps. Many athletes are eager to rush through the simple stuff and get to the more complicated sequences that look cool on you-tube or in their instigram/FB feed. Virtuosity, however, is crucial. By the time you get to cleans and snatches, a "virtuosic" squat or med ball clean, will make you much more likely to be able to lift more weight or more importantly get you into a better position. Even better, you'll be able to avoid injury. The same goes for running. Almost all of the athletes I work with are eager to sacrifice form for speed, not recognizing that proper form and positioning will give them speed in the first place. 

The principle of virtuosity applies to nearly all aspects of our lives. Consider careers. Most of us start at the bottom of the ladder and can only move up with mastery. When we've eventually reached the top or near top, we are in a much better position to do our jobs because we're well versed in the simple stuff, and have a solid understanding of overall process. 

Virtuosity requires slowing down and being patient. It isn't flashy or concerned with things that are overly complex. It provides an additional layer of mindfulness to everything we do. When our understanding of the simple building block steps of movements is deep and detailed, we are much more likely to be able to give others advice, correct ourselves, or even notice when something is a little "off." In short, we wind up saving ourselves time and energy in the long run. 

This is why Ganbatte coaches constantly drill their athletes on the basics and positions. Virtuosity is our standard, not just for safety but to get you results, and to make you more likely to be able to coach and correct others. In doing our best, we master the small stuff. 

Remember – “Perfect practice makes permanent”

 

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