Never Focus On The Wall

All day long in our own heads, we are either negatively or positively reinforcing our surroundings. There is no neutral. Whether or not the outcome of your story is positive or negative depends largely upon the feedforward mechanisms we give ourselves. Whereas feedback is after the fact assessment, feedforwarding is coaching self or others beforehand with the idea that if we can better influence input, the need for corrective feedback for the output is reduced. In gym context, if we as coaches can cue the right action before you move then we won’t have to fix poor movement after.

Feedforwarding is done through language both in thought and expression and is channeled internally (self) and externally (others).

Internally, we do this all day through positive or negative self talk of ourselves and varying situations, real or fabricated. How we frame it and which benefit of the doubt we give it can sometimes determine the outcome all on its own.

Externally, words we we choose to communicate can either lubricate a situation or create friction. For example, if I am stressed about a given work scenario and I’ve created a negative narrative of the situation in my head, when I get to be around people later I am likely to use negative feedforward mechanisms. I will say “I don’t want you guys to (insert negative action)” rather than “I’d like you guys to (positive action)”, planting a seed in your brain of what not to do, and thus, tainting what I’m requesting and staining it with negative apprehension versus positive confidence.

It’s why race care drivers never focus on the wall, otherwise that’s exactly where they’ll drive.

Where are you focused?


Friday, 8.28.20

Bay Park PSC

First, for Muscle:
10 Banded Pendlay Rows
10 DB Vertical Jumps
Every 2′ for 14′

Then, 5 Rounds:
10 Burpees
150m Farmer Walk

Pacific Beach PSC

10 Pendlay Rows
Max Ring Dips
10 Rotational Sit-Ups
(x15 Min)

20 Alt. Stationary Side Lunges
Max Skier Curls
10 Plyo Skaters
200m Run
(x15 Min)