Jordan Burroughs - Team USA

Training Tips: Setting Goals Effectively

Whether settling in for off-season training or ramping up for freestyle and Greco season, the spring is a great time to set goals for yourself going forward. Whether you already have goals in place and simply need to update them or have never set formal goals for yourself before, taking the time to think through how your folkstyle season went, where you are currently, and where you want to go can help you develop a plan of attack for the spring and summer. Having that plan can focus your training so that you can get the most out of all the time and effort you put in.

While Malcolm Gladwell's theory that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a given area of study has come under fire in recent years, there is no doubt that becoming as good as you can possibly be at anything requires a great deal of work. However, part of the objection to Gladwell's number is that it doesn't do enough to address the quality of practice and how that will affect the amount of time needed to master a skill. Specific, deliberate practice is much more helpful than simply going into the wrestling room and rolling around without a good idea of what you are trying to achieve.

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