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IDEAL: Few things are more spectacular to see than someone performing at their best. And, it can be anything, not just sports.
I was watching a New York City window washer cleaning a window suspended outside the building on a movable platform he was secured so that would prevent him falling dozens of floors if the platform failed.
What was most impressive was the way he used his squeegee. In one single pass he could perfectly clean a window from top to bottom making gentle swipes side to side keeping the water mixed with the cleaner moving across the glass pane so at the bottom of the pane with one swipe of a towel the water was removed and the beautifully cleaned glass remained behind. It was the equivalent of watching talented artist painting an extraordinary painting without making a mistake.
It seemed the speed of how fast the squeegee moved across the glass was the key to the one-pass flawless cleaning.
He wasn’t racing to get the cleaning done in least time but intentionally maintaining a brisk pace that carried the water to the bottom of the glass before it dried on the pane but not so fast the water failed to loosen the dirt and grit on the glass.
The pace of his partner’s squeegee on his right seemed too fast as the water at the bottom flowed over the panes edge.
And, conversely, his partner on his left squeegee pace seemed too slow as the water seemed to dry on the glass leaving water marks and it didn’t glide on the glass like his squeegee did.
That speed sweet spot looked to be about 90% full speed.
I watched him do this again on another glass pane.
Same as before – smooth, controlled, brisk pace with clean swipe at the bottom to remove the dirty water.
Another observation was that he seemed in flow and enjoying himself while his too fast partner seemed stressed to the hilt to finish and his too slow partner seemed frustrated at the water spots and lack of progress.
To perform well at anything requires ideal pacing. If we’re too fast or slow getting to the finish line both end in less than optimal performance and disappointment.
If there is anything society has come to realize over the last century, it is that women are just as powerful, smart, ambitious, and capable as men. And while society as a whole is still catching up as far as true equality, the facts are evident when you look at some of the most incredible and influential people today.
When it comes to fitness, however, men and women are not the same. The natural, physiological differences necessitate unique approaches to achieve optimal results. While the fundamental science behind attaining a shredded, lean physique is basically the same for both sexes, the exact steps and application require careful consideration.
One thing I've learned is that injuries can be great teachers. There are so many lessons to be learned from the injuries we experience. They force us to slow down and evaluate our bodies on a deeper level. Like many, I'm guilty of sometimes taking my healthy days for granted. When we pick up an injury, we're suddenly motivated to learn everything we can about that specific injury. We're also dedicated to the necessary rehab it will take to overcome the injury and strengthen our weak areas.
As with many injuries, I've learned there are no "quick fixes" for my stubborn Achilles. Over the years, I've also learned there are no "get fit quickly" schemes.