With any sport or skill, the goal is the promote motor learning of the movement pattern. In this particular exercise, the movement pattern was a plyometric pistol squat. In the past, I’ve worked on my BODY - ankle and hip mobility, hip stability, balance, and core control. I could pump out rep after rep of pistol squats with no issues or compensations. But in order to learn a new movement pattern and successfully complete a plymometric pistol squat, I now had to work on my BRAIN.
Neuroplasticity is the foundation upon which all new skills, tasks, and motor patterns are learned. Neuroplasticity refers to the potential that the brain has to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt to new stimuli. By practicing a particular movement pattern over and over again, I was able to drive neuroplasticity and the motor control necessarily to learn to control a plyometric pistol squat - with no movement deviations. Initially, when I attempted this 2 weeks ago, I demonstrated medial knee collapse and consistently loss my balance. But after many repetitions and practice, I was finally able to master the movement today.
Neuroplasticity is the key to motor skill acquisition. Read this TIME article Google: The Brain How The Brain Rewires Itself for more info on neuroplasticity.