I did some research to see what was out there about athletic/performance plateaus. Everything I found suggested how to bust through, to avoid, and or break through. I couldn’t find anywhere to suggest we should honor, appreciate and take advantage of plateaus.
October and November, the Arcaro amateur team had a stiff schedule of competition. We went up to Canada many weekends and filled the others with competitions here in Seattle. Between the travel, training and fights, many on the team worked non stop. I could feel the tired rhythm start to set in and made a decision to make rest mandatory for them. Because they are athletes who like to push themselves, not one was very thrilled at the prospect of rest. But rest is just as important as training and often allows time for athletes to regenerate physically, emotionally and mentally.
This got me thinking about plateaus. I think plateaus are a lot like rest. Plateaus are places where we integrate every new skill we have worked on. Plateaus are places we gain confidence in what we can execute and plateaus should not be rushed. I am beginning to think plateaus are as important as training and rest. If I can recognize when a boxer is in a plateau, I can watch and see what skills they implement effectively and see what skills need more work. From that information will come the path to a new learning phase and a host of drills to help them reach the next skill level.
Plateaus should not have time limits, they should be rhythmically felt and honored. Plateaus can also help you look back and see from where you came. They are places for vision, for honor and for recognizing achievement and they are places to firmly step off of into the next unknown.
Viva LA PLATEAU and #BoxOn!