What a busy week!
Ahead of "The Art and Science of Learning" seminar I'm running with Dr Richard Bailey, I'm struggling to find time to write for you lovely people at home. If I'd have been better prepared, it wouldn't have been a problem.
Preparation is usually a good thing in our lives...
but not when it comes to moving.
One of my most respected teachers - a guy called John Grinder - used to say
"Prepared for nothing, ready for everything."
He was referring to anticipation getting in the way of responding to the environment around us. If we already have a course of action in mind, we will bias towards it potentially at the expense of more appropriate actions.
In movement, this is certainly the case.
Most people's bodies are stuck in some sort of prepared, anticipatory mode with various muscles actively waiting to drive certain movements quickly.
These come at the expense of other movements that use opposing patterns.
They also even limit the speed and strength of the biased movements as a semi-contracted muscle will never act as well as a relatively relaxed one.
Imagine, for whatever reason, that an athlete is prepared to stand more on one leg than the other. You will probably have realised as I even asked you to imagine that scenario that this will make that leg tire more easily, injure more readily and will leave the athlete cumbersome when stepping onto the other leg.
Preparation in life and sports performance is great and very necessary. Just make sure that this principle doesn't overgeneralise to your movements where it doesn't belong.
With movement, being prepared for everything is being ready for nothing.
Arton "Readier by the day" Baleci