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DRS STRONG WEEK 54- QUALITY VS. TIME

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Written by Rosario Rios Aguilar on 05 October 2015.

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

Let’s start week 9 of The Chad Attack with a bang!!! THE FOCUS of this week and forever haha is QUALITY VS. TIME. There are certain times when you sacrifice quality vs. instensity or time to be the fastest in certain workouts but if you want longevity in this sport, or in any discipline, QUALITY WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND. At the end of the day we all want to be better, faster, stronger perhaps bigger haha. The safest and most efficient way to get there is quality of movement. It will not be the fastest AT FIRST but it will surpass those who only focus on intensity and never slow down enough to work the movement standards, mobility, key positions when doing a lift, etc.

Just in case you didn’t get a picture of this BEAUTY!!! WOOOH!

Ok so I asked the coaches to share their thoughts on this topic (QUALITY VS. TIME) because we are all evolving and continuing to learn the most efficient and safest ways to move and because there is always a purpose for each workout and for each of you 🙂

Coach Jenna:
As an athlete in a competitive environment it is easy to want to win at all costs. To be the best, and to finish first. Sometimes we will cut reps short, or sacrifice our quality of movement for the sake of getting that top score on the board. When that happens it is good to remember that you are the one who is deciding to walk through the door every day and get better. You all take time out of your busy lives to come in and improve yourself mentally and physically at DRS Athletics, so respect yourself and your time that you are sacrificing to actually getting yourself better. It’s good to remember that the only person that you should compare yourself to is yourself yesterday! So remember that you are accomplishing great things everyday by coming in regardless of your score on the board! So compete and work hard every day to be the best possible version of yourself!

Coach Erik:
Efficiency during any movement will allow for increased safety in training, less wasted energy, and increased focus and making sure the movement standards are being achieved. More focus spent on how well you move not just how fast you can go will allow for a significantly higher ceiling to an athlete’s performance over the course of time.

Now, here are some helpful key points to help you stay on track when it comes to Quality and training:

1. Understand the purpose and focus of each workout
Each written workout has a purpose and it is not thrown in last minute. This is highly important. As the coach explains the workout and movement standards, listen for key words and focus points that will help you understand the purpose of a certain workout. Some days you will hear, ” I’d like you to focus on the movement sequence instead of moving as fast as you can” other days you will hear ” MOVE AS FAST AS YOU CAN”

2. Take advantage of the progression you are in.
You can’t take back the present moment and where you are. Meaning once you surpass a certain technique and move on to advanced techniques (or skills) regardless if its with good quality or not, its harder to undo then attempting to do it right from the beginning. Don’t wish you could have done this or could have done that before. As of today, enjoy today, enjoy that you might not be the greatest at kipping or butterflies but you will be, so enjoy the progressions and do them well, enjoy the hard work and the time you are putting in and be proud that as of today you might only do 3 kipping pullups (DONE WELL).

3. It is your choice. It is your temple.
You are given a gift. A gift that you can do whatever you put your mind and hard work into. Start with a blank canvas and imagine how do you want the end result?? you have the control and the choice to create the foundation for your temple. How are you building your temple? With quality FOOD and quality MOVEMENT? or with half reps, bread bricks and shortcuts. ARE YOU BUILDING WITH CRUMBS OR ARE YOU BUILDING WITH BRICKS?
Keep building that solid foundation for you.
Good things happen intentionally not by accident. We are all very proud of each of you, for your committment and for the inspiration you provide to make all of us better 🙂 and yeah NEXT WEEK WE MAX OUT!!! haha LETS GO!!

Stay Strong,
DRS Strong
Coach Rosario

“Sometimes I also coach Penguins and they actually listen hahaha”