What Rep Club Are You In?
What is the biggest distinguishing factor between a beginner and a master…?
The master has not only tried significantly more than the beginner, but has likely tried and failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.
Some people might start out ahead with born talent and natural ability, but nobody starts out as a master.
When it comes to progression it’s a fair game.
You get out what you put in.
And when it comes to leveling up from ‘sloppy‘ to ‘fair‘ to ‘good‘ to ‘excellent‘ – it has everything to do with which ‘Rep Club’ you’re in.
Let me give you a Martial Arts example if I may.
Let’s say that a student (who is brand new to the Martial Arts) is trying to learn how to perform a quality Flying Side Kick.
If I demonstrated to them a Flying Side Kick and told them to ‘Go!’ (do it themselves) – It would look painfully sloppy.
Why? Because a Flying Side Kick is a complex, full-body skill that requires a ton of muscle and nerve fibers to fire at exactly the right moment in such a synergistic fashion that a beginning student wouldn’t possibly be able to think about and process all of it at once.
They need to level up to a certain ‘Rep Club’ (or cross a certain repetition threshold) before the nerve-signals and muscles being fired start to work together and the movement becomes rehearsed, practiced, and within their comfort zone.
Let’s break it down:
Here’s what the training objectives might look like for teaching a Flying Side Kick:
- Objective #1: The student must obtain a basic understanding of how to do a Side Kick.
- Objective #2: The student must learn how to do a Back Leg Side Kick.
- Objective #3: The student must learn how to run, jump, and land properly.
- Objective #4: The student must attempt to put it all together and execute a Flying Side Kick.
Here’s how the repetition thresholds influence the quality of the Flying Side Kick (repetition counts are estimated and vary widely based on the student):
- Reps 1 – 100: Sloppy. Still trying to figure out the gross motor skills for each of the objectives.
- Reps 101 – 1,000: Fair. Gross motor skills are getting better but the fine motor skills required for each objective still need work.
- Reps 1,001 – 10,000: Good. Gross motor skills are learned and practiced, fine motor skills are getting better but not quite there.
- Reps 10,001+: Excellent. Both gross and fine motor skills are learned and practiced and the continued focus is on jumping higher, kicking stronger, and increasing flexibility (which can always be improved!)
Progress is all about reps.
This idea transgresses the bounds of physical skills and applies to all skills and techniques in general.
Want to be a good writer? Well, how often do you practice writing?
Want to become an excellent public speaker? Well, how many times have you spoken publicly?
Want to become a more compassionate and understanding person? Well, how often do you practice compassion and listening?
Here’s what it comes down to:
- Are you in the 10 Rep Club? Have 10 hours logged in for public speaking? Have 10 essays written in your life? Your skills/ techniques are probably sloppy.
- Are you in the 100 Rep Club? Have 100 essays written in your life? Have you had 100 compassionate conversations? Your skills/ techniques are probably fair.
- Are you in the 1,000 Rep Club? Have 1,000 hours logged in for public speaking? Have 1,000 blog posts written? Your skills/ techniques are probably good.
- Are you in the 10,000 Rep Club?! Have 10,000 articles written? Have 10,000 compassionate conversations? Your skills/ techniques are probably excellent.
And let’s not forget that quality counts!
If you’re practicing and not focused on actually improving the technique/ skill as a result of each specific rep, how could they count towards making you better or leveling you up towards the next ‘Club?’
Also, remember that on your journey forward you will meet challenges and you will feel frustrated at times (a lot of the time) – Be ready for that.
So, here it is: What area/ skill/ technique would you like to improve? What rep club are you currently in? How can you maximize your rep count in that area? How soon can you start?