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  • Focusing on What You’re Trying to Accomplish Rather Than What’s Going on With Your Body

    How do you get to the Olympics? Practice, practice, practice … but also know what to concentrate on during the heat of competition. How fast someone runs, swims, or rows; how high or long they jump; how accurately they hit a target; how well they balance; or how much weight they can lift depends to a significant extent on where they focus their attention. I’m a sport scientist who for decades has studied how people learn motor skills. In the late 1990s, I began examining how a performer’s focus of attention influences learning. Research suggests that what an athlete concentrates on can be the difference between winning the gold and not even making the team. What might be surprising is that shifting your focus from within yourself – what’s going on in your body – to what’s out there – what you’re trying to accomplish – is a winning strategy. An athlete’s brain is busy Consider what the brain needs to do to organize complex movements. It must coordinate the contractions of the necessary muscles – ensuring that they happen at the right time, for the proper duration, and with the required intensity. It also must inhibit other muscles, basically telling those not involved in the movement to stay on the sidelines for the moment. Temporary task-specific connections among relevant brain networks are a precondition for smooth, efficient, and precise movements. The functional connectivity of certain brain areas and the suppression of other areas enable an athlete to produce elegant jump shots, tennis strokes, golf swings, or tumbling routines. Learning to produce effective brain activation patterns is a long-term process, of course. Achieving a skill level at which performance is consistently accurate, automatic, fluent, and economical requires considerable practice. Athletes hone their skills over many years or even decades. Nevertheless, at the moment they perform, their focus of attention plays a critical role. If athletes have the wrong focus, their performance will suffer. Thinking of how the arrow will fly into the target yields better results than thinking about how your hand should grip the bow.Dean Alberga/Handout/World Archery Federation via Getty Images Where to target your focus Based on the findings of numerous studies, it’s clear athletes should never concentrate on their own movements – what movement scientists call an internal focus of attention. This might seem contradictory to the way many people learn a new sport. After all, those who instruct others in the process of acquiring movement skills typically refer to body movements. Think of a coach telling a young basketball player to flick her wrist while shooting the ball, or a golf coach telling a player to focus on his hip rotation. Consequently, athletes think about how to move their body parts, particularly in the early stages of learning. But surveys have found that even experienced athletes often focus internally. Especially when they’re under pressure – as they would be during competition – they tend to concentrate on their movements. Often, the result is that they “choke.” Instead, for optimal performance, the focus should be on the movement goal. This is called an external focus of attention. It can mean concentrating on a target to be hit, such as the corner of a goal, a golf hole, a bull’s-eye, or a catcher’s mitt. It can also be the intended motion or trajectory of an implement such as a javelin, discus, or barbell; the desired spin of a ball; the force exerted against an apparatus or piece of equipment, the floor or an opponent; the water being pushed back in swimming or rowing; or the finish line in a race. What it is not is the hand releasing the object or pulling the water back, the muscles producing the force, or the speed of leg movements. More efficient to focus on what than how Focusing on the intended outcome of your actions, rather than your body movements, reveals the body’s remarkable capability to produce effective and efficient movements. Even movement form or technique often improves immediately when a person switches from an internal to an external focus of attention. The body does what it has to do to complete the action – unless you interfere via conscious attempts to control your movements. Researchers have noted the effects of an external focus on many aspects of performance: improved movement accuracy, enhanced balance, greater maximum forces, higher speed, and better endurance. With an external focus, movements are more efficient. Because brain and muscle activity are optimized, the resulting movements are produced with less energy. This is seen, for example, in reduced oxygen uptake or lower heart rates for the same physical work when performers adopt an external focus. Researchers have quantified just how much of an edge this focus shift can provide to athletes. With an external focus: The same swimmers swam 1.4% faster over the length of a 25-yard pool. Resistance-trained individuals produced 9% greater maximal forces, or were able to complete 11.4% more repetitions with the same weight. Boxers punched 4% faster and 5% more forcefully. Runners needed 9.5% less oxygen for the same running speed and distance. Kayakers completed a 100-meter wildwater sprint 4.3% (or 1.3 seconds) faster. Considering that races are often won or lost by very small margins, sometimes in the range of hundredths of a second, an athlete’s focus of attention can determine whether or not they win a medal. Don’t overthink it – let your hands do what they know how to do. Nitat Termmee/Moment via Getty Images Plenty of benefits beyond Olympic stadium While most people will never be Olympians, an external focus provides benefits regardless of the performer’s level of expertise, age or (dis)ability, or the type of skill. Whether you are learning to play a musical instrument or are an experienced musician, an external focus will result in better performance. Whether you are an older adult with Parkinson’s disease or a young healthy adult, your balance will be enhanced by an external focus. Whether you are unimpaired or had a stroke, you will perform activities of daily living more effectively with an external focus. It turns out your body can more masterfully execute the actions you desire if you’re able to move your conscious focus from what your body is doing and instead think about what you want to accomplish. By Gabriele Wulf, Distinguished Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences, from the University of Nevada, Las VegasSpecial thanks to The Conversation

  • Experience Miami Through Film: The Reel Miami Project

    Have you ever watched a movie and then felt inspired to visit the places you saw on the film? The Reel Miami Project is an original short film series designed to inspire you to visit the Magic City. The series is comprised of six short films featuring a different location while telling the story of a “weekend in Miami.” Each film is directed by an aspiring, award-winning filmmaker and the films’ plots are told through talented, emerging actors. (For example, the lead actress in the Miami Beach film recently co-starred in a Tim Burton film). Accompanying each film is a collection of webisodes. The webisodes give you an in-depth look into the locations and highlight different hotspots, establishments, and brands. The Miami Beach film tells the story of Mason (Eric Aragon) and Kassandra (Elisabetta Fantone), a couple that picks up the wrong suitcase upon arriving in Miami for a weekend vacation. This sparks a high societal adventure that brings them to hotspot destinations in Miami Beach including The Bazaar, Hyde Beach, the New World Symphony, and SLS Hotel. Watch it for yourself: About The Reel Miami Project Created by Frank Kelly, the film series showcases Miami, neighborhood by neighborhood, while giving you the chance discover more about each neighborhood via the "Reel Concierge" tool. You'll get access to discounted hotel packages designed exclusively for Reel Miami fans, allowing you to replicate the experience you see in the films. “I wanted to take our viewers beyond just watching these moving films and move them to action and adventure. This allows an engaging platform to promote destinations and it’s also a platform for these talented directors and actors to be discovered,” said Frank Kelly, Creator and Executive Producer of Reel City Films. For more information, please visit reelmiamiproject.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/reelmiamiproject and Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReelMiami Text and images courtesy of Visitflorida.com, Florida's official tourism non-for-profit corporation. It is the official source for travel planning to visitors across the world.

  • Maison Margiela Introduces New Store Concept in Miami’s Design District

    Maison Margiela introduces its new store concept in the US with a boutique located in Miami’s Design District. The store concept is developed by Dutch architect Anne Holtrop and reflects the evolved visual language established at the house by creative director John Galliano. The design was first introduced in the gypsum-cast set at the Artisanal Autumn/Winter 2018 show, and it interprets the Maison’s iconoclast codes in façade and interiors. The store is an abstract and inviting environment rooted in the notion of appropriating the inappropriate. The 243-square meter boutique spans over two levels and displays the complete range of Maison Margiela’s Co-Ed collections, men’s and women’s ready to wear, accessories, shoes, small leather goods, as well as jewelry, eyewear and fragrances. At the Design District store, the defining structures of architecture – walls and columns – appear as detached objects. Artisanal furnishings reflect and alter ideas of familiarity. Shapes skew in form, as they lean and fold around the demarcation of the space, drawing on ideas of dressing in haste native to Maison Margiela’s vocabulary. Hand-cast individually in textile molds, the surfaces of the plaster walls and columns retain the memory of fabric texture and evoke the notion of an irreproducible hand-spun tactility. The store encourages the human touch that created it. Retained in their natural shade of plaster – the humble inside of a wall – the structures reflect the practice of anonymity of the lining, the house term for revealing the inside of a garment traditionally concealed and revealing the inner workings. The plaster’s natural tonality further echoes the signature white of Maison Margiela. Misfit furniture is designed in the memory of classic objects, deconstructed in form. The technique of décortiqué further materializes in shelves, display tables and seats carved in stained travertine, the natural indentations filled with colour-contrasting epoxy resin in optical white. The ceilings and walls of fitting rooms – the most personal inner sanctums of a store – are painted in an almost black, dark-green high gloss and create a deep shimmering shine echoing Japanese lacquer cabinets. Maison Margiela’s former Miami location was at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue. The new Design District location is Maison Margiela’s fifth store in the US, in addition to the Maison’s two stores in New York, as well as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Anne Holtrop’s store concept for Maison Margiela debuted with the Bruton Street store in London, followed by Avenue Montaigne in Paris, Osaka, Japan, and Shanghai, China. To mark the opening, a limited edition of Tabi Bianchetto and Replica Bianchetto will be available exclusively at the Miami Design District Store. In this new reinterpretation as limited edition Recicla, the new chapter in the house’s lexicon, the signature Tabi ankle boot from 1988 and Replica trainer from 1996 are crafted from reclaimed cotton canvas of luxury overstock and feature hand brushed white coating on a white base - the signature ‘Bianchetto’ technique of Maison Margiela which purposely chips with wear. Store name: Maison Margiela Design District Location: 142 NE 41st Street Miami, Florida 33137 Opening Hours: Monday through Saturday: 11:00am -7:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm About Maison Margiela Maison Margiela is a fashion house founded in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela. The Paris-based house is synonymous with uniquely unconventional principles, and a philosophy in which deconstruction and heritage go hand in hand to create designs that showcase fashion as an art of meaning rather than a cult of personality. John Galliano was named Creative Director in 2014, bringing his sense of spectacle and creative mastery to the unique ethos of the house. Maison Margiela crosses the fashion spectrum from its ‘Artisanal’ collection, which holds the “Haute Couture” appellation since 2012, through ready-to-wear and accessories. Maison Margiela became part of OTB in 2002. By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Maison Margiela

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