Quality and Quantity Go Hand in Hand
Written by Holden Rethwill
Olympic lifting is an Olympic sport for a reason. It takes years and years, and a high level of expertise, to come even close to perfection. How do you think those athletes, or any athlete at the highest level of their sport, got there? Quality reps done in insanely high quantities.
High level and professional athletes have spent years perfecting their snatch, their swing, their jump shot, etc. by producing quality reps, over and over again.
We’ve all heard the phrase quality over quantity, but I’m here to tell you that these two words, quality and quantity must actually go hand in hand!
If you only complete a couple quality reps per day, it will take much longer to get to your goal. The opposite is true as well, if you consistently perform high quantities of repetitions at a sub par quality, you’re only reinforcing bad habits and poor quality.
Take for example Ray Allen, arguably one of, if not the, greatest 3-point shooters in NBA history. Throughout his 18 seasons in the NBA his pregame shooting routine was almost identical. He would make (not shoot, make) 5 different shots from 5 different locations at 5 different distances. In between each location he would make 5 free throws. That’s over 150 makes! He did this before every game. If that isn’t quality and quantity combined, I don’t know what is. There’s a reason he became a regular All-Star and one of the greatest shooters in the NBA. Ray Allen put in the work. He completed quality reps at high quantities.
Not all of us are professional athletes, or have that kind of time. That’s completely understandable. But every time we walk into the gym we have an opportunity to complete quality repetitions at the quantity our coach prescribes. Next time you’re in here, whatever it is you may be doing, take an extra second to focus closely on the fine details and see what you can do to make each movement the highest quality possible.
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