Are you training or competing? This may seem like a strange question but something many athletes or general fitness enthusiasts seem to blur the line on a daily basis.

The goal of training is to over time develop both the skill and capacity components a of a athlete in a periodised structured manner. Certain times of the year my prioritise a specific focus for the detriment of another. Always leaving a little bit in the tank and not being fully game ready or your best.

Competing is when you go all out, leave nothing on the floor and empty the tank. You get a true representation of your capacities and levels of fitness. The aim is to be the best you can possibly be on a specific event, day or season.

Where this line gets blurred is many athletes/ general box members will on a daily bases treat training as a competition. The strategy of simply trying to lift the most weight or get the quickest time over time will hinder your development.

Here are some other components that you may focus on in training that will develop your skills and capacities more than simply going 100% out.

Technique: focusing on certain components of a movement, example posture, positioning and joint angles. This applies to lifting and both wods! Getting into more efficient and mechanically sound positions will translate to better power out put. You can have a supper engine but if your moments are inefficient your going to gas out quick.

Paceing: playing with suicide, hard, medium and easy paces will allow you to explore your limits with movements. You will find what you can maintain or push versus movements you may need to hold back on in order to get a better over all result. Focusing on sets and reps may also be a great help e.g. How would you break down 100 burpees for time, 21-15-9 or a amrap format to get the best results with our burning out to quick.

Breathing: working to build a steady breathing pace or strategy may be the missing piece of your puzzle. Taking note of how different paces/ movements influence your breathing may allow you to make better choices. Are you breathing to much? Do you hold your breathe? Do you use your breathe to brace effectively during heavy lifts or Met-cons?

Next time you train slow down the pace, shift your focus to one of the above components and see how it effects your performance. PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.