The 2016 Open Is Over…Now What?

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by BEN DZIWULSKI
1. “Ben, I realize that I need to work on SO MANY things for next year. It’s pretty overwhelming, and I just don’t know where to start. How can I figure out what to do?”

The 2016 Open Is Over…Now What?

My response: That’s OK. The key is to pick ONE thing at a time and focus on it. Use the next two months to put in extra work on one particular area. Just simply add a *little* extra auxiliary work 2-3 times per week surrounding the thing you want to improve upon. Then, after those two months, repeat it with a different movement. Just think: if you could drastically improve five movements between now and February 2017, do you think you’ll have a better showing?

2. “My gym has awesome programming and I‘ve made great improvements so far, shouldn’t I just stick with it?”

My response: Absolutely yes. Without knowing your situation, I will never blindly say, “You should change your program!” Most boxes around the country have pretty solid programming that will lead to steady, consistent growth. However, in my opinion, too many people say things like “My gym hardly ever programs ____, that’s why I haven’t gotten any better.” DO NOT have this attitude. Never play the role of a victim. Simply adding in 10 minutes of work a few times per week will do wonders to improve on the things that you are lacking without negatively affecting your normal programming.

3. Other common excuses:
“I don’t have the equipment to…____”
“I just don’t have the time to…____”
“I have so many other things going on that it will be hard to…____”

My response: Think outside of the box. If there is a will, there is a way.

Now here is what I want you to do right now to help drastically improve your chances of success.

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