The Importance Of Mastering The Basics
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee
The biggest mistake you can make is to ignore the basics in your profession. This is true no matter what you do, where you live, or who you are.
When you ignore the foundation of what makes you a good person, athlete, friend, entrepreneur, student, etc., you will never be consistent.
People who play professional sports are under constant pressure to perform.
According to Daniel Cormier,current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and former Olympic wrestler, the key to success is Focusing on the basics. According to him:
“You don’t get to the highest levels of the sport without having the basics in order.”
That’s not only true for calisthenics and fitness in general; it’s also true for everything else in life. Without having the basics in order, you’ll never achieve your full potential.
Master The Basics
And there’s only one way to master the basics: by repetition. You get stronger by working out, rep after rep. You master calisthenic moves by repeating progression exercises. We all know that.
But how about your mind? How do you become mentally stronger? And why does it even matter in calisthenics?
The answer is simple: Everything starts with the mind.
If mastering the handstand, the human flag or the planche were only demanding at a physical level, a lot more people would be able to execute them. But the most demanding part is the mental one. Being able to persist and workout consistently for months is what separates a great athlete from the rest.
“Long-term, we must begin to build our internal strengths. It isn’t just skills like computer technology. It’s the old-fashioned basics of self-reliance, self-motivation, self-reinforcement, self-discipline, self-command.”
Stay A Beginner
How often do you think to yourself, “I already know that”, “I’m already good in that”?
Pull-Ups? Some say they’re easy and then we see them doing something like this:
One thing we have to remind ourselves is this:
People who think they know everything are the biggest losers in life.
We meet people all the time who think they know everything. And not only people on the internet. A lot of commenters always want to show how smart they are and that this is “so obvious.”
Well, that’s not how the greatest people in the world approach things. Muhammad Ali once said that:
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
When you repeat the basics, you don’t only become great, you will stay great.
Make sure you completely master the basics in calisthenics: Pushups, pull-ups, dips, squats.
Even though you may already master harder movements like the muscle up, it’s essential that you master the basics in order to properly execute progression exercises and to avoid injuries. If those exercise are feeling a little too easy for you, add some weight!
Get yourself a home pull up bar and start perfecting those pull-ups!
Never think you’ve made it or that you’re smart enough. Stay humble and a beginner.
Because that mindset is what keeps you great and it is what will keep you moving forward.