Your task of the week: The Ew Squat
Task Oriented Training might help you move in remarkable ways and grant unique results. In spite of this, if you relate to this kind of movement as you would with exercises, you might not feel as motivated as you should.
Task Oriented Training is not about repeating a given movement, but rather about creating a movement based on your goal.
Becoming more competent is only motivating if you're able to notice how you're improving and performing.
The Ew Squat and Motivation
Your task this week will allow you to study and practice the act of pulling while squatting; something that will be especialy helpful for anyone interested in dancing and climbing, and for those whose goal it is to open and strengthen the hips.
It will also change the minds of anyone of who believes that a squat is only about quads and ankles.
Another important aspect of the Ew Squat is the following:
You'll end up moving in a lot of challenging and objectively impressive ways. Instagram worthy even. The same thing probably happened in task from last week's newsletter: The Barrier Squat.
Regardless of this, you might notice that task oriented training won't feel as motivational as performing conventional exercises.
The following explains why and what we can do about it.
Like most things in life, the benefits of task oriented training only appear if you:
Keep doing it.
Beginnings are easy. Most people have started working towards a goal or a new routine. The main hurdle though, and the actual challenge, is to make sure the ending isn’t to close to the start.
If you wish to make a mark upon your own health and capabilities you need to stay motivated so that you can stick to the process, at least for a modicum of time.
There are several theories on the mechanisms of motivation.
What most of them agree on is that it's easier to stay inspired when you feel like you're becoming more competent.
With conventional exercises the motivation necessary is very much within reach. We pick one movement and we repeat it. We have clear expectations of the results we want and we can easily measure our progression. Furthermore, exercises have names and are relatable to others. If you're doing a pistol squat, people won't question what you're doing or attempting to do.
In fact, they might applaud you.
Task oriented training is more challenging.
First of all, you're not making a decision of repeating a movement a certain number of times - rather, every movement is a decision in itself.
Second, others might not be as quick to recognize what you're doing, which in turn might make you feel like they're questioning you as opposed to supporting you.
Last, but not least, you're not just improving a movement by perfecting a certain technique. You're improving the way you move by creating your own technique.
With that in mind, in order to stay motivated as you work on the tasks, you'll want to keep in mind the three following points:
You have to accept and enjoy the fact that, as you're solving a task, you are constantly creating movements, not simply initiating and continuing something that has been given to you.
You have to be confident enough to stand on your own two feet. Other people might not understand what you're doing, but if you want to move the way only you can, you can't allow yourself to be limited by other people's comprehension.
You have to be aware of what you're doing and give yourself a pat on the back when you deem yourself worthy of one.
Like mentioned in the very beginning of the newsletter, if you decide to do any of the tasks given to you, you will move in new and remarkable ways.
However, it's when you're aware of, not only what you're working with, but also against that you get to reap the benefits that only a long term commitment will grant you: A larger repertoire, an improved quality and a better understanding of movement.
Practice the Ew Squat:
2-3 times this week
2-3 rounds per leg
As you practice, be intentional with what you're trying to do and what you'd like to get out of every repetition.
Notice when you're doing something you haven't done before and congratulate yourself whenever you do. Make a point out of acknowledging every single fragment of progression and you'll never feel like you're plateauing.