In your training sessions you usually have a number of repetitions of an exercise or distance to complete. It’s how most athletes train – with multiple attempts to get the most out of their workout.
What separates your training from being average or great is what you do over the entire course of those repetitions in the set – whether it’s in the weight room, the pool, the field or the track. Everyone usually has a great last rep; you finish strong with great effort and technique. You can at least gut that out even on the “off days.”
A few however, will have excellent execution for the last two reps. It may not seem like a lot but it really does take a much more disciplined person to do great on the last two reps as opposed to just the last one. It’s much more of a mental block than a physical one. But none-the-less, it’s still an obstacle that many average performers decline to take on each and every practice session. And this is why many take so long to improve from one level to the next.
The very elite of athletes – usually the ones that always seem to be getting better and have lifetime best performances – they take a totally different route to their success. They treat each and every rep like it’s the last one of the session. Instead of taking the first part of the set to warm-up or waste time they focus all of their energy on the rep that’s right in front of them. Not the one they just completed before or the one coming up next, regardless of their performance on either. They learn to stay in the moment and put together a succession of individual reps in which each has the same intensity and effort as many just give to their last rep of the set.
This is the secret that most of you are searching for. It’s the secret to success and improved performance. Now chances are you’re probably in the first stage – the one that can do a great last rep. So your next step is to decide that for the next month of your training you’ll commit to being completely focused on the 2nd to last and the last rep equally. When you can perform both of those reps in all circumstances over a period in your training then keep slowly moving more and more reps into that “last rep” intensity. And sooner than you realize you’ll be in that “elite” level of performers and be completing full sets of “perfect reps.”
Achieving great performance really comes down not to doing more training, but doing more of your training better and better.