Blocked Practice: A type of practice in which one skill or "motor program" is practiced alone, in a repetitive fashion, before moving on to another motor skill. This is a traditional way of practicing and learning new motor skills and the idea is that the skill is set in before moving on to something new.
An example of blocked practice in strength training is learning and practicing the squat for several consecutive sessions before moving on to other lifts. Sometime, blocked practice is used for more than one skill within a training session, but each skill is practiced for repetitively in a "block" before moving on to the next skill. This is opposed to random practice, where skills are mixed.
Theories as to how best to learn new motor skills are the province of theories of motor learning and control which is a branch of Exercise Science.
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