"No pain, no gain" is an impaired mental state diametrically opposite to the manner the best of the best train and compete. Inflicting self harm: stressing your body to the point of pain, injury, and illness is not physically, mentally, nor emotionally healthy. Training ideologies based on "PR or ER" are cancerous & result in athlete's blowing up, melting down, or burning out.
Technique Training Case Study [EM]
US National & Olympic Swimmer Ed Moses
Until a senior in high school, Ed Moses only swam during the summer months preferring basketball, golf, soccer, and baseball to swimming. Then as a senior he accepted the challenge to train a full schedule, and within a year rose to being ranked 15th in the world in the 100m Breaststroke. Two years later Ed Moses won silver in the 100m BR, and gold in the 4×100 medley relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Ed Moses was the first to break a minute for 100m BR (in a relay), helping the US win a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and set a new World Record.
How is such a rapid rise to success possible? By training technique: flexibility, mobility, core, breathing & sport specific drills.
Moses’ drive to be the best led to his pursuit of perfection in technique. His abilities developed by focusing on constantly improving his flexibility, core strength, and mastering the drills required to swim the Breaststroke unlike anyone at the time.
“I don’t just show up and attend swim practice because I’m supposed to be there… I’m always looking to make myself better. That is what will help you rise from a standard level, to a National level, to an Olympic level. Always take the next step by never thinking you are doing everything.” Ed Moses
“I am not just going through the motions, I understand what I am doing.” Ed Moses
What top US College Swim Coaches say about Moses:
[To their own athletes…] “If you aren’t swimming a breaststroke event, then you need to be watching Moses swim cause that’s how it is done.”
When Moses’ timing is on, his breaststroke is “perfection”.
“There is no other athlete used to demonstrate skill underwater.”
“Put Moses on the screen and you don’t have to say anything, athletes just look at his position and they see what they need to be working towards.”