Have you ever had an exercise program that just didn’t work because it didn’t feel good, it didn’t accomplish what it was supposed to, or it was something inconvenient you’d have to do for the rest of your life in order to maintain the results? Frequently, the actions we’re told will help us improve turn out to be the very things we avoid because they’re unpleasant, and in some cases even injurious.
My first experience with learning to racewalk typified this. The drills and techniques I practiced led to a disabling hamstring pull.1 However, my second attempt two years later, using the very same exercises, resulted in great success. How could this be?