• sarahdraht

More Isn't Better - Better Is Better

Updated: Mar 3, 2019

I started writing this blog to allow my family, friends, and students to have a window inside of my life. I constantly have questions of what it is like to compete at the largest tournaments in the World.

What is the training like get ready for these tournaments? The rest, nutrition, cross training, and most importantly the mental aspect? What goes through my mind on a weekly basis as I prepare for the largest tournaments in the World?

I have been training for 14 years now. Having had time off from a car accident and two surgeries. It would be safe to say 10 years on the mats. Although not all of that has been quality time. When people say they trained for ‘two hours today’ or ‘every day this week’ the first thing that comes to my mind is ‘what is the quality of that training?’ Are they just doing technique? Are they drilling to improve their game? Are they cross training? Are they wrestling/sparring? What is entailed in those couple hours?

The quantity doesn’t mean anything, it is the quality of training.

In all training I go by what my personal trainer tells me (Jason Vantmonfoort): ‘More isn’t better. Better is better’.

More hours aren’t better, the quality of what happens in those hours is what matters.

More repetitions aren’t better, the perfect repetitions are what counts.

This even applies to discussing the concept and applying it to wrestling, if I am absolutely exhausted and not thinking straight - it is time to head off those mats. If I can’t execute good technique during wrestling due to exhaustion, that is not better. Quality, not quantity.

This is not a ticket to do less or to be lazy. In fact it is harder because I have to keep myself in check. I have to recognize when I am either getting sloppy and just going through the movement. Or when I competing each movement with purpose, focus, and determination.

The brain will remember those patterns. I have the power to decide how I would like to create those patterns. They will be either sloppy and slow or fast, technical and strong. I choose the second.

It is about doing each wrestle, repetition, drill to the absolute best of my ability mentally and physically. Although I don't see the results right away, the results show themselves over time.

Jason also taught me another very important concept that ties into this. For each workout it is not about training until absolute exhaustion. If I do that every day how am I going to train tomorrow? Not to mention - training to absolutely exhaustion also increases the opportunity for injury.

It is about leaving each workout feeling good, with still 20% left in the tank. Walking away from that training session feeling tired but satisfied - not absolutely exhausted. So I can train tomorrow. And the day after that, and the day after that. This does not mean I don’t train hard. I just train smarter. Which is turn allows me to train more, longer, and 'better'.

More isn’t better, better is better.

Jason is one fascinating and knowledgable person to talk to, and man is he ever phenomenal at what he does.

Sarah & Jay (her personal trainer) discussing performance strategy

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