It has been far too long since I have typed a blog post here and since my mind is going a million miles an hour on several different topics I thought it was about time I sit down and be “be honest” with you all because that is what my mind was on today.
I just got done with a WOD in my garage this morning that I really didn’t care for. (I am sure you can all relate) I had this moment within the workout where I thought to myself “just stop at four rounds, you really don’t need to do the five you planned on doing” but I know better so I continued with every slow rep and stayed at a pace that I knew my form would not fail. I didn’t set a clock, I just went as hard as I knew I could and gave it everything, knowing that I can only do my best and not someone else’s best.
Have you ever thought this, “just do 8 reps instead of 10 and move on, no one will even notice. This WOD is getting hard and the coaches aren’t counting my reps today anyway”? I wonder how many of you out there have done this. Or maybe you even do it on purpose just to get a better looking number on the board? This is a pet peeve of mine! I know that our coaches do a wonderful job of coaching, guiding, correcting form, modifying and motivating, but on a day to day basis it is the client’s job to count their own reps and the coaches want everyone to be honest with themselves and the other members. If you honestly loose track of where you were at, go with the lower number of where you think you might be. Better to do an extra rep than cheat yourself out of work.
This might come as a surprise to you….but did you know if you cheat on the reps you are only cheating yourself?? Mind blowing, I know!!!
There is an athlete inside of you that wants to be better, stronger, faster, more powerful, but if you are constantly worried about beating someone else’s time/score so much that you cheat the workout, you are doing yourself no favors! The top athletes in the world did not get to the top by cheating themselves.
This is not aimed at any particular people, as I don’t know who does it or if they are doing it. It was just a thought I had today and I know that there are competitive people out there that think getting the fastest time on the board is more important than being their best. That is a sad thing. SO today I challenge you to turn your back to the clock, don’t look at the white board before you start the workout, and just go as hard as you can. If you are doing your best and being brutally honest with yourself you will have so much more success and when someone beats you, be happy for them!! They are working hard too and its okay for someone to set the bar higher. We all need that extra push!
Work hard. Be honest. Be humble.