Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
Written by Holden Rethwill
What are your goals in CrossFit? Are they to be the best version of yourself, to compete and make it to the CrossFit Games, or just to become a little more fit?
Regardless of what they are, I’m going to give you a little tip I read the other day that will help you reach that goal.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘practice makes perfect.’ It’s been told to us in just about anything we’ve done ever since we were kids. But what I read the other day really opened my eyes.
I was reading through some quotes from coaches and athletes I respect, and happened to stumble upon one by Vince Lombardi that really stuck out to me. What he mentioned was something that goes a little bit against the grain of this common phrase. He said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”
This is awesome, and couldn’t be more true. But what does it mean?
What I took from it is that you can practice all you want – repeating movements and lifts over and over again until your hands fall off – but if you aren’t doing it right, every. single. time. then are you really getting anything out of it? No. What you’re doing is reinforcing bad habits that will actually work against you in your effort to reach your goal.
Perfect practice is truly the only way to make perfect. If you practice things perfectly by hammering in the details and focusing on the basics, then you’ll see leaps and bounds more improvement in far less time than the person who takes the other approach.
This is an awesome quote. It’s one I think all of us, regardless of our skill level or goals, can really benefit and learn from. Take this mindset into your next training session, your next day at work, whatever it is, and focus on doing everything as perfect as possible. It won’t happen every time, and that’s ok. But, it’s this mindset that will increase your care for and attention to details!
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