Reflections #2

After many years of training and coaching, I have come to the conclusion that you are either striving towards being technical in everything you do - or you are not very concerned with technique at all.

Take Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson as an example. I encourage you to spend a few hours watching footage of him training and competing to see if you can find a movement in which he is totally off in terms of technique. I don't think you can, but even if you do, the salient fact is that he is STRIVING towards mastery in that movement - as he is in EVERYTHING!

I have been thinking about this topic a lot recently and concluded that most people really don't care much about technique at all. They say that they do, but their actions show that they don't.

Take accessory work and good ol' bodybuilding, for example, which has been gaining traction in crossfit over the last few years. Most of the movements are easy to learn - certainly if compared to high skill weightlifting and gymnastics. Yet, any knowledgable and objective observer who steps into a buzzing open gym area will be confronted with the practical proof of widespread organic incompetence. Truly, the odds are that it will be a complete shitshow.

The moral of the story is that most people need technique INSTILLED and ENFORCED by coaches who both care and know what they are doing. This video provides a fascinating contrast to the all to common happy-go-lucky attitude of most crossfitters.


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