Find the Beautiful Combination November 2 2010
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Aligning Strength and Technique
Many factors go in to your maximum potential in a lift. Fueling, sleep, and recovery are a few examples as well as the balance between strength and technique.
Take for example the push press. What factors determine your one rep max in a push press? Strength is one. The pure brute strength of an athlete plays a role in the amount of weight he or she can drive overhead. The other factor is technique, which in the push press includes a solid upright dip (where the chest does not cave forward) and a tight midsection.
An athlete can continue to get stronger but if their strength is lain over a weak foundation of technique, they will never excel.
So what does this mean? It means that when we allow our strength to overpower our technique, we are headed for a world of decreased potential and plateau.
It takes a step back to go 2 (maybe 3) steps forward. The athlete must accept that their level of technique dose not feed their current max effort, but rather hinders it; however, better technique with their current strength level would support a max effort more than 20% greater than their current level.
Everyday athletes are faced with this choice. Strength or technique or a beautiful combination of the two.
Find the beautiful combination and you will go far.