Assume. You may have heard the old school definition of it making an Ass out of You and Me, and comparing yourself to others in a workout scenario is no different. Whether it be looking at your local CrossFit’s whiteboard scores, the open, comparing lifts, body types or anything for that matter it quickly becomes a fools game and here is why:
You complete your workout and you look for the instant gratification or pass/fail of someone else’s result to compare….but here’s what you didn’t know about that day:
Joyce has been under the pump at work and needs this to be her escape, she wasn’t feeling rx’d today.
Christopher is currently sick, he dialed back on all intensity and weight and just focused on movement today not scores.
Belle had a massive weekend and was feeling the effects today.
Lewis has a new-born and has had what feels like a million days straight of no sleep.
Jeff is fighting a very private fight with depression, he wasn’t feeling himself today.
Andy works 14 hour days as a removalist, the last thing he felt like doing was competing today, he comes to hang with the team and for his sanity.
Jess has worked out now for 4 years, she’s worked her butt off to be able to perform to this intensity.
Gary is working on a technical que, the best thing for him today was to scale back the weight and intensity.
Jen is still yet to master today’s skill of toes to bar, the rest of the workout she attacked but took her time to practice on the t2b.
Larissa is battling a shoulder injury so she changed the movements for the day.
Sally has been burning the candles at all ends and is now recovering from adrenal fatigue, she can’t afford to push too hard right now, her focus is on her health.
Bob is going through a horrible break up and the gym is the only thing keeping him sane right now.
Bree just lost her pet on the weekend, she’s coping ok, but there are still emotions to deal with at different times in the day.
Harry felt his form breaking down, and recovering from a back injury, rather than pushing through, slowed down to fix his form. He knew this would hurt his time, but more importantly not his back.
Kim set herself a goal to simply get through the first 21 thrusters unbroken, this meant the rest of her workout suffered time wise, but she achieved her goal.
Pete is brand new and although very athletic is still learning and building the new skill set.
Troy from Instagram has been using some chemical influences to help his progress…which you’ll never know about.
Jacinta shows off her awesome body and results on Instagram, but in private she has demons that make her miserable and photoshops her photos to help get more likes.
You get where we are coming from right? Everyone you’re actively competing with has a current story, these are not excuses but a fact of life. Training is a journey and for 99.9% it is not our profession, but a hobby that quickly becomes a passion. But don’t forget that in the real world stuff gets in the way, and every day is forever changing. Comparison only drags you back to the pass/fail and never ending rabbit hole. For some personality types healthy competition serves as great motivation…provided it is healthy. That means you’re able to separate yourself from the result and remind yourself of the above. Make fitness your self development and your escape but don’t make it your centre. And as for the competitive people amongst us there’s a perfectly good rival staring back at you in the mirror.