Peak Performance Tip – Your Best is an Asymptote

When aiming to optimise your peak potential I find it helpful to imagine your ‘best’ as an Asymptote. Do you remember from back in grade 8 math the old graph curve that approaches a line but never actually touches it? Where the distance between the curve and the asymptote tends to zero as they head to infinity?

The premise here is that you can get better and better, albeit in smaller and smaller increments, essentially forever. While a beginner could easily see 100% gains in a year of training an advanced athlete might be ecstatic with a 5% gain in their personal best over the year.


So, when I hear people say “all you can do is your best” I think it’s a little mistaken (if not just a downright knee-jerk colloquial reaction). With this theory you can NEVER do your best (presupposing you can always improve) but you can continually get closer and closer to the conceptual ceiling of whatever your life’s potential is.

If your ‘Best’ really is an asymptote then you can’t expect the same returns over time as when you first started. It takes more specificity and more advanced training to elicit the further incremental improvements. But the good news is – you can get better infinitely!

By | 2015-01-20T22:16:13+00:00 January 20th, 2015|Peak Performance Tip|Comments Off on Peak Performance Tip – Your Best is an Asymptote

About the Author:

Luke Dimasi is an experienced Personal Trainer / Fitness Trainer and has been working and studying in the industry for over 9 years. During the completion of a bachelor’s degree at the University of W.A. he personally trained many clients of various walks of life from the mainstream weight loss populace to sports specific and wheel-chair bound clientele. Luke also spent 4 years in management including a State Personal Training Managing role in one of WA’s largest health chains. He has a Master Practitioners qualification in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuro Semantics and works one on one with clients aiming to improve their current conditions on anything from un-resourceful beliefs and emotions to setting positive frames of mind on various aspects of life.