Getting good at something is amazing. You feel confident, unstoppable, and ready to take on the world. When you get good at one thing, the effects trickle into other areas of your life and you’ll find you start getting better at everything. There’s no magic formula to getting good. We all know this. It’s just practice. Though it can seem tedious, repetitive and sometimes requires threats from your mother to make you do it, practice pays off, both in the process (if you embrace it) and in the outcome.
It’s a good idea to think of exercise (and more the specifically, the 30 Minute Hit circuit) as something you practice. Practice is defined as ‘repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill of proficiency.’ It’s valuable to approach it with the mindset that you are going to get GOOD at it. People who think they can get bored by repeating the same thing over and over haven’t yet experienced how rewarding it is to master a skill. The funny thing is that practice is never boring, if you’re truly focused, engaged and intent on improving. Every session is different and full of opportunities to learn about your body and mind. One day during your workout you may feel like all your blood has been replaced by sand. You just feel slow and heavy. Or maybe you just feel like you body and brain are not communicating. That’s ok. Not every workout is great and you often learn the most about yourself when you power through the tough days. But then there are those light-bulb-over-the-head-something-clicked-‘Ah Ha!‘ moments. Maybe you’ll feel like you’re snapping your jab faster or following through on a roundhouse kick. Finally one day uppercuts will just feel right. You’ll keep your head up for a full two minutes on turtle kicks. Each new victory, small or large, is incredibly rewarding and keeps bringing you closer to being really good at something.
Practicing regularly helps you tune in to your body. You notice even the slightest differences from one workout to the next. You can tell if you feel stronger on sit ups than you did last time. Maybe the double times are a bit less agonizing. Repeating the same movements regularly enables you to measure your growth. Something that was inaccessible all of a sudden is! What a surge of excitement and motivation! You see changes, even the subtlest ones. Your body teaches you all the time about itself. If it was energetic and lively and the next time extremely tired and achy, you can ask yourself what you did differently. Maybe you didn’t drink enough water or missed your stretching or ate wrong. Your practice begins to allow you to recognize what your body needs to perform at its best.
Like the saying that life is about the journey not the destination, when it comes to the Hit it’s as much about the practice as the outcome. While the movements may be similar, the experience is always different. The results, when we are willing to put our minds to becoming truly good at something, can be much more than slimming and toning for our bodies- they can be powerful and life changing.