When was the last time you learned something new?
When was the last time you learned something new? People seem to avoid learning because a) they don’t like change, and b) because to learn something difficult, you will have to face failure. This is particularly true with regards to physical practice. I have spent years falling on my arse, but each time I do it, I learn a little. I integrate that lesson into my movements and get better. I develop myself using failure as my tool. Generally I like to fail at least 1 out of 10 times. If I fail every time, the movement is too complex and I need to move to some other less complex challenge until I build better foundations for the harder movement, and once I stop failing, it’s time to move on to another challenge….not get comfortable, or find linear ways to progress.
Examples of linear progressions are; continue to do same movement with more load, or increase the time doing the exercise. Although some of these aspects may be beneficial, a target should be set and achieved and then more complexity added in order to stimulate growth in multiple directions of your practice. If anything, this will stop boredom setting in as you constantly challenge new areas of your body and mind.
I find the current mainstream gym culture so strange. To see everyone plugged into headphones and looking at their iPhones insinuates boredom yet people continue along their linear progressions without stopping and questioning whether there can be any other way to health. Yes there is…do something interesting with your body!!