Pipping the Ace
Th astonishing ability of the people we know that can seemingly hit any shot or any target almost at will is awe inspiring. The ones who hit the office trash can from across the room, thread a needle on the first try without fail, know down or ring every bottle at the county fair, or even tag the obnoxious kid with a water ballon from across the street.
Accuracy is something we are all impressed by, yet it seems to be for the gifted few. But, accuracy is really only about control. The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity. The question is, how do we get it?
Practice Makes Per…
…manent. We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect. It’s an incomplete thought. Practice makes permanent. PERFECT practice makes perfect.
Of the 10 general physical skills, coordination, balance, agility, and accuracy don’t get better thru training (high heart rate), they get better thru practice (low heart rate). Low intensity, high focus, deliberate skill work.
Want to get better cardio? You can get on a stationary bike and hit the grunt work. It’s simple. Same with stamina, strength, and even flexibility. You train those things. High heart rate, low tech, grunt work.
With accuracy (and the other 3 we listed) you have to slow down and start with the basics of movement. You have to dial in your ability to control you body and any object you are trying to move.
For example, if you wanted to get faster at typing, you’d set out a repetitive sentence (something like; The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog) where you could practice it over and over. Why? You’ll start out slow to ensure accuracy, it only counts if you hit the sentence perfect. Then, as you are consistently perfect, you start trying to go faster without error.
So what does that have to do with real life fitness? Accuracy in our jobs matters. Accuracy in the things we are responsible for at home matters. Accuracy also helps us improve our ability to get better at other skills.
If you can control your body in something that is familiar, you can use that control to transfer to learning a new skill. What are you really good at? Think about the attention to detail it took to get that good at it. Now apply that same attention to detail to, say, folding laundry.
I thing we can all agree that life would be a bit nicer if we were faster at folding laundry. Improve your fitness, get faster at laundry! Now that’s something that makes it all worth it.
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