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Watching Ashton Eaton win the gold medal in the Decathlon at Rio's 2016 Olympics, I couldn't help but wonder how he is able to perform at such a high level in so many different Olympic events.
“To become a master of 10 different disciplines takes, well, a mountain of well-orchestrated ability.”
After reading about his training regiment, I could see that well-orchestrated ability means training to maximize your muscles and techniques to perform the best at any given sport.
“I see something, a technique, and [I ask] why is it that way … and if it’s been that way for 100 years, why has it been that way for 100 years?”
Technique (n): a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
Eaton was able to identify the techniques of each event: the procedures that were necessary to enable his body to accomplish each task in the most efficient manner possible. He used this as the foundation of his training regiment.
“'You don’t hit a baseball with your arms'”... “'You hit a baseball by driving your hips and core muscles through the pitch, and the bat accelerates after that. It’s the same with throwing in track and field. You don’t put the shot with your upper body; it’s the leg and core muscles.'”
How does it relate to learning?
Throughout our academic career, we must approach several different disciplines of academia. Whether it be math, English, science, foreign languages, etc., our goal is to perform at the highest level in each.
Standardized testing is also a great example of a test of a student's versatility, much like the decathlon is for an athlete. With the proper approach and training, each student has the ability to consistently perform well on any section of any standardized test.
The Hillview Prep difference.
At Hillview Prep, we coach each of our students to use his or her natural academic ability to solidify strengths and conquer weaknesses. Our students ultimately discover that their unique learning style can be manipulated in a way that will allow them to succeed in any academic discipline. Much like Ashton Eaton's gold medal winning training regiment, our students train to take control of their academic abilities and use them to learn faster, test smarter, and score higher.
“Every fine decathlete is the result of years of self-creation. Each must understand his own distinctive talents...and train in ways that are right for him (or her) alone.”
To learn more about Hillview Prep and our programs, visit www.hillviewprep.com for more information!