Practice Makes Perfect…Talent is Overrated!

Practice Makes Perfect…Talent is Overrated!

Practice Makes Perfect…Talent is Overrated!

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By: Diana Boyle The absolute ONLY way to become a better dancer is to train. No one, regardless of strength, gender, brain power, background, or any other advantage… gets better at anything without training. I’ve been obsessed with the newest addition to my Kindle, “Talent is Overrated”, by Geoff Colvin. This book is phenomenal, one of those I refer to as a “game changer”, meaning, it alters the way you think and move through your life. We assume that Mozart was born with an astounding gift for music, and Warren Buffett carries a gene for brilliant investing. According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, whose theories are thoroughly supported through scientific evidence, both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes all the difference is a highly specific kind of effort-“deliberate practice”- which few of us pursue. It focuses on the stories of extraordinary people who never stopped challenging themselves and who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice. What this book has brought to me is the idea, the motivation, the belief that if I deliberately practice enough I WILL improve. Keeping in mind that deliberate practice is different than playing around on the pole. In a nut shell, a very small nutshell, as this book has so much to offer, it’s impossible to convey it all in a couple of paragraphs, you must have a practice plan and you must practice A LOT. Ok, let’s apply this to Pole Dancing. Obviously there are people who are genetically predisposed to do better at Pole Dancing, shorter bodies, longer arms, and smaller frames, so if you’re taller with a bigger frame, does that mean you cannot be a great pole dancer? NO! It means you may have to work a little harder. But rest assured, regardless of physical advantages, in order to be great, hell, even good, you have to train! If you want success you have to pay for it, in the case of Pole Dancing, you must pay in bruises, pole burns, fatigued muscles and mental exhaustion. (Pole Dancing takes it out of you mentally as well!) It takes brain power to creatively put together moves and tricks, again to be exceptional at choreography, you must deliberately practice! Alright, let’s spend a few paragraphs touching on overtraining and fatigue. We’ve talked about deliberate practice and practicing a lot, how do you recover? I don’t know about you, but my body gets TIRED when I train hard on the pole. (whoever said Pole Dancing is not an athletic sport, has obviously never touched a pole.) Here are some tips for you on recovery and how to do it faster. Why Recovery After Exercise Is Important Recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building. A muscle needs anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild, and working it again too soon simply leads to tissue breakdown instead of building. 10 Ways To Recover Quickly After Exercise There are many methods of recovery. The following are some of the most commonly recommended by the experts. 1. Rest Time is one of the best ways to recover (or heal) from just about any illness or injury and this also works after a hard workout. Your body has an amazing capacity to take care of itself if you allow it some time. Resting and waiting after a hard workout allows the repair and recovery process to happen at a natural pace. It’s not the only thing you can or should do to promote recovery, but sometimes doing nothing is the easiest thing to do. 2. Stretch If you only do one thing after a tough workout, consider gentle stretching. This is a simple and fast way to help your muscles recover. 3. Cool Down Cooling down simply means slowing down (not stopping completely) after exercise. Continuing to move around at a very low intensity for 5 to 10 minutes after a workout helps remove lactic acid from your muscles and may reduce muscles stiffness. warming up and cooling down are more helpful in cooler temperatures or when you have another exercise session or an event later the same day. 4. Eat Properly After depleting your energy stores with exercise, you need to refuel if you expect your body to recover, repair tissues, get stronger and be ready for the next challenge. This is even more important if you are performing endurance exercise day after day or trying to build muscle. Ideally, you should try to eat within 60 minutes of the end of your workout and make sure you include some high-quality protein and complex carbohydrate. 5. Replace Fluids You lose a lot of fluid during exercise and ideally, you should be replacing it during exercise, but filling up after exercise is an easy way to boost your recovery. Water supports every metabolic function and nutrient transfer in the body and having plenty of water will improve every bodily function. Adequate fluid replacement is even more important for endurance athletes who lose large amounts of water during hours of sweating. 6. Try Active Recovery Easy, gentle movement improves circulation which helps promote nutrient and waste product transport throughout the body. In theory, this helps the muscles repair and refuel faster. 7. Have a Massage Massage feels good and improves circulation while allowing you to fully relax. You can also try self-massage and foam roller and avoid the heavy sports massage price tag. 8. Get Lots of Sleep While you sleep, amazing things are taking place in your body. Optimal sleep is essential for anyone who exercises regularly. During sleep, your body produces Growth Hormone (GH) which is largely responsible for tissue growth and repair. 9. Avoid Overtraining One simple way to recovery faster is by designing a smart workout routine in the first place. Excessive exercise, heavy training at every session or a lack of rest days will limit your fitness gains from exercise and undermine your recovery efforts. 10. Warm Up completely before your next exercise session. There is some research that supports that a warm-up performed immediately prior to unaccustomed eccentric exercise produces small reductions in delayed-onset muscle soreness (but cool-down performed after exercise does not). Diana Boyle owner of Embody Pole Fitness, in Corona, CA. Finding inspiration from the amazing people around her continues an ongoing series of articles exploring the empowerment of modern women. Amateur writer, part time IT professional, three quarter time pole dancing diva and full time mom she give her thoughts (in no particular order) about what is great about being a woman today…


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