As a Crossfit box, we are known for how frequently we quantify performance. There are so many benefits to counting time, reps, and weight when it comes to improving your fitness and physical health.
But part of measuring your performance and placing it on the whiteboard for the whole community to see is the double-edged sword of comparison.
In my two years of Crossfit, I've experienced both the pros and cons of comparison. Simply put, comparing yourself to others in the box can inspire you to be a better athlete or it can make you feel bad about where you're at in your journey.
Having the right approach to comparison is important for you the individual, and for C5 as a community. And it begins with this simple truth; everyone is different.
We all have different backgrounds, bodies, schedules, lifestyles, support systems, goals, expectations, and more. But the score on the whiteboard doesn't take that into account.
The score on the whiteboard doesn't account for the fact that you work night shifts and came in after your 12-hour work day...
It doesn't account for your body's unique composition. It doesn't care if burpees are harder if you're tall, or that pull-ups are easier if you're lighter.
The score on the whiteboard doesn't even account for how long you've been doing Crossfit.
What I'm getting at is this... The score on the whiteboard doesn't tell the full story and it doesn't define your success.
It's dangerous to compare yourself to those around you based on the scores you see on the whiteboard. It can cause you to discount or forget everything you've accomplished to get where you are on your fitness journey.
Earl Nightingale once said, "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
Which means that success isn't the end result or a final destination.
Success is progress. Success is being better today than you were yesterday.
And progress is based on where YOU started and where YOU are headed.
As many of you know, we had over a dozen athletes and C5 friends compete this weekend at the 5th Annual Wodtoberfest. As a coaching staff, we're incredibly proud of what these athletes accomplished. Not because of the result, although the results were awesome, but because of what it means to each individual in their journey.
So the next time you begin to compare yourself with the guy or girl next to you at the box, let their accomplishments inspire you to continue YOUR journey.
Let's make it a great week!
A. 5min EMOM:
-4 RDL @31X1 (HAP)
B. 6min EMOM: 4 db push press (HAP)
C. 4x12 kb front rack walking lunge steps (HAP)
A. 5min EMOM:
1 segmented snatch pull + 1 muscle snatch
(build light loads)
B. 6min EMOM:
3-position power snatch; 1+1+1 (aka: 1 power snatch + 1 hang power snatch from knee + 1 hang power snatch from mid thigh)(build moderate per set as technique allows)
C. ohs 3-2-2-1-1-1
(build HAP per set)