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Repetition is the Mother of Skill

I recently attended an online Tony Robbins seminar. I took pages of notes but there was one phrase I heard that made an indelible impression on my brain. That phrase was, “repetition is the mother of skill”. In the context of that presentation by Tony, he was referring to the improvement of skills in business, but know that repetition is just as important to your fitness program.

Most of us, as fitness enthusiasts, are familiar with repetitions, or “reps”, as a unit of a workout set. For example, we do one set of 12 reps, or one set of 8 reps, and so forth. Without mindfulness, reps can become robotic and mundane as we go through the motions of a workout, or life in general.

What it takes to use repetition as a “Mother of Skill” is awareness and focus on the reps as a form of practice. Don’t let your reps devolve to the mundane! Elevate repetition to the understanding of what it is, and that is practice.

Yoga is a practice of posture repetitions. The more you practice it through posture reps, the better your skill becomes. This is true in all forms of fitness, but it takes awareness of the practice and a mental connection to the physical performance of the reps to gain the full benefit.

Practice your reps with FOCUS!

With the HOTWORX workout method, there is a great deal of attention that is paid to producing virtual workouts with emphasis on queuing for focus, repetition and workout consistency. The HOTWORX method produces increased levels of strength and movement skill through consistent “reps”.

One of the biggest mistakes that fitness trainers make is to force inconsistent workouts onto clients. Some trainers just don’t understand, or refuse to recognize how important consistency is to practice and building up of movement skills. Strength and movement gains are made from consistent, frequent, exercise reps!

Consistency my friends, and repetition, is the mother of skill in fitness.

Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer