10,000 hour rule

10,000 hour rule

The 10,000-hours concept can be traced back to a 1993 paper written by Anders Ericsson, a Professor at the University of Colorado, called The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance.

It highlighted the work of a group of psychologists in Berlin, who had studied the practice habits of violin students in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

All had begun playing at roughly five years of age with similar practice times. However, at age eight, practice times began to diverge. By age 20, the elite performers had averaged more than 10,000 hours of practice each, while the less able performers had only done 4,000 hours of practice.

[su_pullquote] Ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert — in anything. In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals … no one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time.[/su_pullquote]

The psychologists didn’t see any naturally gifted performers emerge and this surprised them. If natural talent had played a role it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to expect gifted performers to emerge after, say, 5,000 hours.

Anders Ericsson concluded that “many characteristics once believed to reflect innate talent are actually the result of intense practice extended for a minimum of 10 years”.

It is Malcolm Gladwell’s hugely popular book, Outliers, that is largely responsible for introducing “the 10,000-hour rule” to a mass audience – it’s the name of one of the chapters

5 year old Nijee is a clear example of the potential of his ability. Already with a few thousand hours of deliberate practice under his belt. If he can maintain this consistency and not burn out in the process he has the potential of greatness. This can also be seen in 18 year old CrossFitters who have been doing CF since it’s creation in 2000. The limit of human potential has barely been tapped.

Watch this video of Nijee going over a complex sparing session with his dad.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014


A. Clean & Jerk-1RM

Week 10 of 10-ReTEST

B. “Fran”

For Time: 21-15-9

  • Thruster (95/65)
  • Pull up

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Boot Camp

Topic – What defines a functional movement?

Skill: OH Squat PVC/BB

Workout: For Time-

400m Run

-21 OVH Squats

300m Run

-15 OVH Squats

200m Run

-9 OVH Squats

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Friday, June 27, 2014


A. Front Squat-1RM

Week 10 of 10-ReTEST

B. Row-400m Sprint


C. Sled Drag (135/95)


D. Prowler (180/135)


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