I was reading this article about juggling that says to learn new tricks or to prepare a trick for actual stage use (under pressure), practice at least 10 times without failure first. If you can’t do the trick go back to a foundational trick and practice that one without failure.

Then, to speed up the brain (nervous system)’s learning process do multiple things at once if possible, e.g., juggling different size and weight objects. The brain can then do visualization to further ingrain the training without doing the physical portion (combine visualization with the physical training).

Finally, the nervous system is still learning through this process even if you think you are in a plateau. Once you break through the plateau you can make unusually high progress immediately afterwards because you are still going through a learning process while in the plateau. If you stop training due to discouragement you won’t make this gain.

Well let’s see what we can apply these principles to, for IMA, or whatever… here’s a sample schedule for me learning to juggle a soccer ball (football). 20 touches right foot dropped by hand. 20 left. 20 reps of right then left. Switch to 20 of left then right. 20 of r-l-r. 20 of l-r-l. See if I can progress it up til I can do 100 reps of any of those with no failures. Then go back to 20 reps of r-l-r-l and so on. Then throw in a half dozen tricks to pick up the ball to start the routines and so on. Go to inside and outside of feet, then thigh touches, then shoulders, then backs of heels and calves, then eventually head juggling (can’t do it at all right now). See if I can hit 100 reps with no failures for all of those tricks, and incorporate different size and weight balls while doing other activities. See if I can do 20 reps of 100 touches. And so on.

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