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The Paradox of Trying Not to Try

How do you find the sweet spot between spontaneity and training in performance? This week The Crew discusses the role of effortless movement in athleticism and how it is in essence, a form of spontaneity. Could or should you be coached when you’ve entered this flow state and how best to harness the teachings of author Ted Slingerland [Twitter @Slingerland20] and incorporate them into your next competition. This week, we talk about the paradox of “trying not to try”.

Pulling from cognitive sciences, philosophy, and ancient Asian religious beliefs, Slingerland creates a framework for how to succeed effortlessly. After an athlete has gone through the necessary training to ingrain a movement pattern what is the most effective way to coach that athlete into continued success? How much is too much and what are the different examples of mental and physical flow states? Find out NOW!


Check out Ted Slingerland’s book on Spontaneity: “Trying Not to Try” anywhere books area sold.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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