Dave Tate of EliteFTS came to CrossFit San Diego for a private seminar on January 24, 2009. Dave was a successful competitive powerlifter for over two decades. He trained with Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell Club. His best back squat was 930lbs, bench 610lbs, and deadlift 740lbs. Tate is a powerlifting specialist, and he doesn’t claim to be anything else.
This video is part two of Dave’s analysis of the role of technique in training and performance. Technique is all about being efficient. Sometimes, though, in training, you can let go of perfect training. Some drills just don’t require efficient technique. And, there can be great benefit to intentionally training some reps with inefficient positioning, because there will be times in competition that every athlete will find themselves outside ideal positioning.
Dave suggests that the mental game and technique account for 90% of success in sport. Many pro football players don’t even train in the off season. They can get away with it because on game day, their technique and mental game are spot on.
There is a little known fact about technique, proficiency and experience. The longer you spend doing a specific skill or sport, the more efficient you become. After a while, you need to do less work to sustain or even make gains. Many experienced athletes do too much. They become more efficient and thus each effort becomes greater. They need fewer repetitions to exhaust the system. They also need more time to recover.