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Old 05-13-2008, 12:22 AM   #1
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There was a guy at my former gym they called 25 percent, but this isn't about him. (You probably think this song is about you, don't you?) This is about another brilliant Cressey blog post which helped me understand why I always get my ass kicked when I roll with guys who are going 25 percent or 50 percent.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:59 PM   #2
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There was a guy at my former gym they called 25 percent, but this isn't about him. (You probably think this song is about you, don't you?) This is about another brilliant Cressey blog post which helped me understand why I always get my ass kicked when I roll with guys who are going 25 percent or 50 percent.
I would qualify that having trained with an Olympic alternate and multi-time NCAA placing wrestlers.

Some talented 'scumbags' are in such good position all the time that when they seem 25% it is 50% to us lesser mortals. They cant' freakin' help it. To them it just is.

For example, our 118 lber d2 national champ felt like 160 lbs if he got into top position.

But yeah, perceived effort is sort of a state of mind.

Using the oly lifts as an example, you really should be able to mimic the various lift stages while using a dowel. But if you aren't good at the lifts the dowel
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There was a guy at my former gym they called 25 percent, but this isn't about him. (You probably think this song is about you, don't you?) This is about another brilliant Cressey blog post which helped me understand why I always get my ass kicked when I roll with guys who are going 25 percent or 50 percent.
I would qualify that having trained with an Olympic alternate and multi-time NCAA placing wrestlers.

Some talented 'scumbags' are in such good position all the time that when they seem 25% it is 50% to us lesser mortals. They cant' freakin' help it. To them it just is.

For example, our 118 lber d2 national champ felt like 160 lbs if he got into top position (coming from a former 134-142 lber, me).

But yeah, perceived effort is sort of a state of mind.

Using the oly lifts as an example, you really should be able to mimic the various lift stages while using a dowel. But for neophytes like me, you want to cheat the light weights and bad form ensues if you aren't careful.
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Interesting! I was thinking about new guys. In my experience the better someone is the lighter they feel. I'd rather roll with a 185# blue belt than a white belt my size, for example. (But I do no-gi. But you know what I mean.)
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I find that new guys/gals are hard, especiallly strong or athletic ones, because you don't know what they are going to do.

More experienced atheletes in your sport of choice tend to do predictable things because you've all been taught the sames things and/or separated the wheat from the chaff and use the same/effective maneuvers.

For example I noticed them demoing a switch in the latest CF journal. Well guess what, the switch works pretty well at the high school level, but when you get into college, everyone has a good feel for it so it usually fails, or uses more energy than is optimal for any potential gain, so higher level atheletes have discarded it for the most part.
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