We strive to do the common uncommonly well. Our form and technique should never be called into question because we strive for excellence. We strive for perfection. We strive for beauty.
Most of us have watched gymnastics at the Olympics before. You may have been confused by the scoring when seeing two equally competent gymnasts perform their routines equally well technically but one scores higher than the other. This apparent discrepancy is no discrepancy at all. It is virtuosity.
Virtuosity is mastery, it’s a mastery that goes beyond the technical and reaches towards beauty. You can feel it in a performance. One gymnast looks robotic, precise and technically excellent. Another looks graceful, fluid and still technically excellent. One is a routine and the other is a performance. It touches you on an emotional level because of the intrinsic beauty.
This level of mastery is one of our values. It’s not just the ability to do a movement but to do it with beauty. This means having the mechanics become second nature so you don’t have to think about them and you can focus on moving smoothly.
An air squat can be beautiful, a push up, and a clean and jerk. Reaching this level of mastery of all the movements we do is a lifelong endeavor. Don’t settle for good enough. Strive for virtuosity. Do the common uncommonly well. This is about excellence and taking pride in our quality of movement.
Virtuosity can be sought in all areas of life. Not just in how we move. Take the principles we learn in the gym and apply them to your everyday life. Be virtuous people.
Now go move better.