Assess, Manage, Adapt

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Assess, Manage, Adapt
Failure to prepare, prepare to fail…

Question: What do all leading performers or top level athletes have in common?
Answer: They are all extremely well trained and manage high pressure situations really well.
But how? How do they continue to perform to such a high standard every time, what is their secret??

“Train the way you want to play

One of the best pieces of advice I ever took from my football career was that if I want to play at my best, and consistently perform on game day, you must train to that standard every session. Put yourself under game-like pressure, learning to make better decisions and adapt to the situation.
Trying to execute skills perfectly every time at training regardless of load or speed and don’t be afraid to make mistakes so as to perform on game day.
And above all you have to enjoy yourself. On game day you want to go and enjoy the game, playing with your friends, scoring goals, or nailing a sweet tackle you want to enjoy the game. Well training should be no different…

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Top performers both in the boardroom and on the sporting field, are not only well trained in their field but are also really well prepared. They have game plans and strategy on how they will attack a given job or role inside their game. Those that can execute a game plan, but can also readjust to the situation the quickest, will often produce the best results.

Assess, Manage, Adapt

1. Assess the challenge or objective.
Being able to view a task or challenge, break it down into manageable pieces and execute each part of their plan makes an athlete more effective.
Knowing your own abilities and being able to formulate an effective plan based on that knowledge.
For example, a long chipper WOD, something short but heavy, or a team WOD all requires planning and a strategy for how much work needs to be done, or a “Game Plan” for how you want to attack that challenge.
How many times can you move that weight with good form, how many perfect ring dips do you really have, how long can you stay at a pace without burning out?
The better-trained athlete will have this information and more to assess their own abilities recorded from their training and apply it to the current challenge in front of them. (Are you recording your results and keeping a training journal?)
What are my strength and weakness and how long can I go for in this WOD?

2. Manage the workload required to complete the task(s).
Once we have assessed the workload (WOD) that is required, can we break it down and formulate a PLAN.
In a workout how many reps per exercise or per minute can I continue to execute well.
In an office how much of this work can I complete within the deadline and how much can I, OR do I need to delegate to others.

External factors outside of the workout might also need to be considered:
Tiredness lack of sleep, lack of fuel (energy), stress, dehydration (too much coffee, boozing the night before) or just general motivation/mood of how we feel about that workout.
The athlete that can best manage these factors, during the workload (WOD) without burning out and continue to move well, will be the athlete that comes out with the better training and/or results.

3. Adapt to the changing requirements of that challenge.
Ok you know what you have to get done, you have formulated a plan, now what happens when the plan goes to Sh#t….

Fact
When the pressure is on, we will all default back the level of our training.
Same in the office as it is in the gym or on the field of play.

For example, Imagine shooting a free throw to win the NBA playoffs.
If you have never been put under that much pressure at training what is the chance you make it on game day?
Or making a deal on a tight deadline without having any information on the client, hitting and hoping…

Learning to adapt to pressure and the evolving situation is the ultimate key to success. The “high pressure players” have managed to be able to do this time and time again when the team needs them, and that is why they continue to be successful.

For example in CrossFit:
Let’s say you’re in the middle of a workout that has 20 pull ups and your plan was to do 5,5,5,5, but now you think you can only do 4 at best. The athlete that best knows their abilities and how they feel during training will be able to adapt their plan to continue to get the work done efficiently without burning out: 3,3,3,3,3,3,2.

Those who can reassess their plan or current situation and make a new plan to succeed will best ADAPT to the pressure.

To Review
We are a product of our training environment.
ASSESS – Assess your task and know your own abilities and limits.
MANAGE – Using that knowledge to formulate a plan of how you and/or others will help you to achieve it.
ADAPT – When your plan goes to Sh#t or someone throws you a curveball, know how to ADAPT and be prepared to do so.

“Those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail…”

Keep challenging yourself and each other in the gym, put yourself under pressure.
Before every workout try to have a plan, execute it but always be ready to ADAPT…

See you down the rabbit hole.

Coach Rusty

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