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February 4, 2016

Changing Technique Part 2

Continuing from last week, I want to look at some more specific issues that might go into whether or not someone might consider or need to change technique.  This includes looking at some fairly specific times when, even if a major technical fault was present, attempting to change technique would actually be the wrong thing to do.

Before getting into that it occurs to me that a lot of what I’m talking about and the examples I’m using are coming from a weight room perspective.  The reason for this is that, in a lot of sports it’s fairly rare for someone to take them up casually or without coaching.  Do most get into gymnastics or pole vaulting without being in a coached situation?  Not really.  People run all the time and cycling is rarely coached.   Rarely do people get into swimming without at least being in some adult type of class.

But people walk into the weight room every day and not having a coach is more the norm than not.  Olympic lifting is a possible exception (and I can usually tell 9 out of 10 times if someone comes from a true OL background by how they squat and lift).  And this is where a lot of the Internet arguments and overall issues show up.  This isn’t to say it doesn’t apply to other sports of course; for all I know people on ping-pong forums sit and analyze technique with the same arguments as I see on weight training forums.  Ping pong players please chime in in the comments.

I’m actually going to end up having to do a third part simply because I am having the worst time making this article flow correctly and it’s going to end up running not only long but incoherently if I do it all today (another week gives me time to figure out the last bit).

What Defines a Technique Fault?

So, inasmuch as I made any points last week, I hopefully made a couple.  The first is that the absolutists are wrong; there is no absolute singular technique that is the only correct one and any deviation from that Platonic ideal is incorrect.  The second is that the relativists are wrong; the idea that everything is ok (usually based on the idea that some exceptional athlete who made something weird work) is incorrect.

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