I first published this blog article on November 19, 2018.
Why the repost? Well, for many of you, this is probably the first time you are seeing this. And, for those of you about to give this another read, GOOD ON YA because the only form of learning is RE-LEARNING!!!
The contents of this post (personal context) is especially important when considering how best to approach Re-Test week.
As the title suggests, this post is a continuation of another blog post. If you have yet to read that post or need a refresher, start here
In part 1, I discussed how each day of context (situation) at Oak Park has a particular outcome (result) that the context serves.
|Practice||Pace: Slow/systematic; Priority: Task, process, goal oriented||LEARN|
|Competition||Pace: Fast/spontaneous; Priority: Outcome, ego oriented||TEST|
|Mental Toughness||Pace: Depends on student
Priority: Goal oriented specific to the challenge
Our three types of context (practice, competition, mental toughness) are external contexts, meaning they are programmed independent of you and your internal experience. However, you need to also consider your unique, internal context.
Consider your internal context in terms of past, present, future.
Past: What has your life been like over the past 48 hours? (sleep? mood? food? hydration? social? work?)
Present: What has your life been like over the past 12 hours? (mood? food? hydration? work? social?)
Future: What will your life entail over the next week? (projects? travel? gatherings? deadlines?)
At Oak Park, we WANT you to have autonomy. We WANT your training to support your life outside the gym and NOT hinder it. Therefore, it is imperative that you take into account your internal context in conjunction with the external context of the day, particularly if it is a mental toughness or a competition day.
The easiest example of this is showing up to class on a competition day after having been out sick for a week. Most people in this situation know it serves them best to forego the external context of competition in support of their internal context of easing back into training by behaving more in line with what would be more appropriate on a practice day. While this concept is easy in theory, it can be VERY HARD in practice. Why? Because of the social psychology. If 95% of the class is getting after the workout in a competition manner, you, too, in spite of your internal context, are tempted to do the same. We are all guilty of this, myself included. That is why this mental skills work of S x B=R is so important: It helps us to protect against falling prey to what has short term appeal and, potentially, long term consequences. Moreover, this type of behavior is the antithesis of Oak Park’s highest context: INTENTIONAL, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH.
When in doubt of how to approach a workout, ask yourself: what decision/behavior will be most in service of my sustainable growth as a human being?
1 Rep Max Weighted Pull/Chin Up
1 Rep Max Box Squat
Row 60 Cal
100m D Ball Carry
100 Double Unders