I don’t know about you, but certain workouts give my stomach a queasy feeling. Approaching the bar before Fran, hearing the clock countdown before an Open workout, and approaching a 1RM deadlift would all qualify as examples.
That uneasy feeling typically pops up when I’m trying to hit a certain time or weight or when I’m racing against someone else. AKA when I’m competing.
Competition, against yourself and/or others, can be a helpful motivating factor. Reviewing your past performances or watching someone smash an Open workout can provide just the spark you need to go a little harder or lift a little heavier.
But, we shouldn’t always have the competition mindset when we walk in the gym.
For one, it can easily lead to burn out. Putting that much pressure on yourself every single workout is a quick way to suck out all the fun. It’s also not sustainable for your body to push 100% every single day.
On one of our podcast episodes, Zach and I broke down the difference between the practice, training, and competing mindsets, but the distinction is worth making again because it’s critical if you want to be doing CrossFit for many many years to come!Continue Reading