For the last month, I have been frequented a local gym because I want to work out to get sweat, burn out some fat and stay strong and healthy.
A curious learner and good observer, I have learnt many skills and things that I would like to share in this article. Whether you want to build up muscles or learn new things, I believe the philosophies about learning the right way that I am going to share with you can help you to achieve your goal.
1. Accuracy is more important than fluency
Many body-builders especially the newbies think that doing any exercise in a quick or rush manner is good, maybe just to finish it and get on to another exercise. They don’t care much about doing it the right way, but the quick way.
Personally, focusing on fluency before accuracy is false concept because any person who does so will become fluent or quick in a wrong way. This is nothing different from climbing the wrong stairs to fast. No matter how fast you can climb, you won’t reach your goal because it’s the wrong stairs.
Instead, any learner should first focus on doing right things right. Doing it right will give RESULTS. Speed will come later with practice and experience.
2. Less is more
I have observed that many body builders focus a lot on lifting heavy weight, maybe to show off their strength. They use their all-in efforts to give just one push or pull.
This is another fallacy in thinking. “Less is more” is better concept to follow. Putting heavy weight doesn’t guarantee muscles, and plus it even causes injury sometimes. To be better, light weight should be used especially for inexperienced body-builders or newbies.
As for learners, you should also remember “less is more”. Instead of taking two or three majors at the same time, you should take only one and become the best in it. (In this month, I am going to post a video explaining why taking one major at a time is better than doing two or three). Instead of reading 100 books for the sake of reading, you should read just one but learn much from that one.
3. Fix what is broken
If I’m not mistaken, it’s hard to find a well-rounded body builder. By this I mean they have almost all muscles in their body. Yet, it is easier to find a body builder with few or some muscles. One of the main reasons behind this is that many body builders are so accustomed to play the exercise with which they are experienced. They do not want to change or try new things. Doing this allows them to strengthen the part(s) that is already good, but still avoid working on the parts at which they are bad.
A lot of learners are having this limitation. They only study what they are already good, but are afraid of trying new things, thus making them know only they know. In other words, they still don’t know what they don’t know.
Personally, I think people would be much better off if they worked on any area that they are not good instead of just working on things that they are good at.
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