Lately I’ve been stumbling across a lot of references to the 10,000-Hour Rule, which appeared in Malcolm Gladwell’s work Outliers. I haven’t read the book (yet), but the rule basically states that success and mastery is largely dependent upon practicing a specific task for approximately 10,000 hours. This got me to thinking about if there’s anything in CrossFit that I’ve done for anywhere near that amount of time. My conclusion, probably not (yet).
The larger point though is that in our world of quick fixes and short cuts, it takes dedicated time practicing anything to truly progress, let alone master it. A lot of the things we do are challenging, and can be frustrating at times, but avoiding them or merely going through the motions when given opportunities to practice will not make them go away. There are a lot of simple ways to get better at any movement that may be causing you consternation, and a little devoted practice time can get you started on your way towards 10,000 hours.
Another great takeaway from the 10,000-Hour Rule, if you haven’t put thousands of hours into something, how much room do you have to improve? Every day is another chance to accumulate more time, another chance to get better.
May 9, 2011
Strength: Push Press 5-5-5-5-5
10 DB/KB Push Press 20%-30% Bodyweight
20 DB/KB Overhead Walking Lunges