How the Big Picture Will Make You Better

Thursday, June 30, 2016

You can get more from your training experience if you come to your camp prepared. The more information you already have about a move or a block, the more details a coach can layer on.

Think of your brain like a closet; If you don’t have shelving, you just toss all of your clothes inside and will have a harder time finding what you’re looking for. Knowing the big picture is like adding one of those cool organizers. Now, when you need to hang your itchy blue sweater up you will have several categories to place it in: you could put that sweater on the sweater shelf, the blue shelf, and the itchy shelf (please don’t have an itchy shelf). Obviously you can’t hang your clothes in multiple spots in a real life closet, but you can in your head, and the more categories something belongs to the more likely you will be able to retrieve it.

In 4-way that means the more you can learn about a formation before you get to training the more ways you will have to absorb the details. If you know what a Stairstep Diamond is and what a Meeker is, you can start to hang the ‘this point should move forward’ detail on both hooks. That way it becomes more likely you will execute on that information.

It is completely ok of course to rely on the coach to teach you the randoms. The coach will still help you develop great habits while you are experiencing these first formations. Trust me, I have patiently shown the dive pool to people who are now awesome skydivers!

However, if you want to maximize your time you should hit the books in between. Take notes and study them. Watch your videos for review. If you do that, your brain will be ready to learn new details during training.

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