Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dont Compare

April 23, 2013

One of the most important "rules" that I have for myself is not to compare myself to anyone else. This can be quite the challenge at times. This applies both in an out of the gym.

Clearly I believe in the importance of goal setting. Of course I feel like you should have someone to look up to, that you can strive to be like. Yes, its important to have people at your gym that challenge you and push you to work hard because you know your skill sets are similar. But if you start to compare yourself to people its a slippery slope.

There are lots of things in life that determine who we are. In crossfit there are lots of things that determine where we are in our training. Not only our physical strength, but our emotional strength as well. You can take to people who are the same weight with the same measurements and close to the same lifts and their mindset can be very very different. This plays a HUGE roll in their performance. You can take two people who have be cross fitting the exact same amount of time but are different weights and lifts and one person is really really good at body weight and one is really good at moving weight. Comparing the fact that they have been doing it the same amount of time does nothing.

During a workout its really hard to not compare yourself to others. There are times I have been the first to finish and there are times I am the last. What is important to pay attention only to yourself and what you are working on. It dosent matter what the time is and who is "beating" you. What matters is that you arent comparing. Maybe there is a skill involved that you have yet to master, but others in your class have... Or maybe there are people who dont complete full reps, or have scaled beyond their needs. None of those things matter. It should matter to them... but it shouldn't matter to you.

What matters is that you are working on what YOU need to work on. There are things that you may excel at that the others who you are "comparing yourself" to need to work on. All comparing does to you is get you really frustrated and upset and the thought that you "should" be able to do certain things. Not true at all. Every skill takes time and every skill takes work. In the gym, out of the gym... everywhere. If you compare your weakness to other peoples strengths you will lose every time.


Dont compare yourself to anyone except the you of yesterday. Set your own goals and fuel yourself to get better, push harder and see results! Tomorrow is a new day.

If it was easy... it wouldnt be called a WORKout.

WARMUP:
2 Rounds
- 5 Burpees
- 10 Ring Rows
- 10 Inchworms
- 10 Shoulder Dislocates
- 10 Squats

TEAM:
Clean and Jerk
1@75% - 135
1@80% - 145
1@85% - 155
1@87% - 160
1@90% - 165
1@93% - 170
1@95% - 175 (F)

STRENGTH:
Front Squat
5@75% - 150
3@85% - 170
3×2@95% - 190

WOD:
- 50 Double Unders
- 10 HSPU
(12:47 Rx)

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