9 Things I Learned From Training This Year

Mikko Sumulong | 9 Things I Learned From Training This Year
Mikko Sumulong | 9 Things I Learned From Training This Year

This was my most intense year of training. I did way more pole, aerial, and gymnastics than ever. These nine things helped make this my best year of training yet:

  1. Train Smart: Think about your goals and the most effective ways to achieve them. Optimize your training and try to do more with less.
  2. Train Strategically: Consider your strengths and weaknesses, and focus your training accordingly. Break down skills that you’re struggling with into smaller steps. Cross-train as needed.
  3. Train with Sensible Goals: Set challenging, but achievable goals. Don’t try to do too much too soon, as that may lead to frustration and burnout. It’s important to be realistic and allow yourself the time and space to progress at your own pace. Adjusting your goals is okay!
  4. Train Safely: Pay attention to your technique. Warm up and do the necessary conditioning. Don’t rush or do something you’re not ready for. Listen to your instructor or coach. Use a mat when appropriate. Ask for regressions or modifications if you need them.
  5. Train Systematically and Consistently: Approach your training with a plan. Set aside dedicated time for training and stick to a regular schedule. Consistency is key. Allow your body time to recover between training sessions.
  6. Train with Strong Form: Pay attention to your technique and seek feedback to ensure you are performing movements correctly. Strong form is important for both safety and effectiveness.
  7. Train for Self: Do this for you, not for others. Training with others’ approval or validation in mind can throw you off course.
  8. Train with a Supportive Community: Surround yourself with supportive people. This could be a group of fellow students, a coach or instructor, or even just a friend who shares your interest. Having a supportive network can help provide encouragement and motivation.
  9. Train with a Strong Spirit: Keep a positive and motivated mindset. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, and remember that everyone progresses at their own pace. Train with a positive attitude even when things get challenging. Stay motivated and focused on your goals.

Training can be tough, but I’ve found it to be worth it. Here’s to keeping at it and enjoying the process!

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