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By Jake | In Uncategorized | on November 23, 2013


There are two main types of feedback in the sports world. The first is intrinsic feedback. This type of feedback occurs when information is received by the athlete as a direct result from producing a movement. It is dependent on the feelings from your muscles, joints, and balance. A good example would be performing a strict press and hitting all the points of the movement. Feet are under the hips, legs are straight, rib cage is down, arms are locked out and you “punch the ceiling”. Once you have completed the lift you have the feeling of a successful lift. Same thing applies when the lift is not done properly. This time when you attempt the lift you strive to hit all the points of the movement, but you end up having a dip in the knees and instead of a strict press you accidentally performed a push press. As soon as you complete the movement you realize that it was done incorrectly.

The other type of feedback is called extrinsic or augmented feedback. This type of feedback is received by the athlete from an outside source. That source can be a coach or even maybe a video about the movement. The athlete should be able to see and /or hear what is being communicated to them. We could use the press again as an example. Say a new person walks into the gym to begin their foundations. They have no general background in lifting weights. The coach goes over all the points of the press. The person attempts a few reps and then the coach provides verbal feedback on what they did well and what can be worked on. The coach also provides visual feedback by a taking a barbell and showing them what was done correctly as well as what needs improving.

In our gym both types of feedback take place on a daily basis. There are times when we have felt the lift was done correctly or incorrectly. Either way there is always a coach around to provide us feedback on what we do. As an athlete do you rely more on one or the other? In my case I am much bigger fan of augmented feedback. I feel when another coach gives their input on what I am doing I can provide a better result.

WOD 11.23.2013

Row 1k

then 2 Rounds:

  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 20 Burpees
  • 20 KBS
  • 20 Pull-Ups

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