Do you know why we make workouts that have scores?
It has much less to do with competing than you might think.
The reason the workouts have scores is so that they are “measurable and REPEATABLE”. It is NOT about beating someone else at the gym that day or seeing how you stack up among everyone else in the world that did the same workout.
It is so you can see how far YOU have come.
If you are competing against anyone, it is yourself of yesterday.
By repeating a workout that you did 6 months, 12 months, or more ago, you get to see how far you have come. You will be reminded of why you put in the work and sacrificed the time.
Research has shown that when we obsess over milestones and goals in the future, or when we are always trying to compare ourselves to others, we are very DE-motivated. All we see is how far we still have to go, notice how much someone else beat us, or fume when someone we usually best got ahead.
Very few people can thrive for years always being caught up in the “chase”. That path leads to burn out and frustration.
What has been proven to be much more motivating and positive is to constantly be reminded how far you have come.
The progress you have made is tangible. It is proof that you have been doing something right. It is direct evidence that you have control over the outcomes.
Repeating the workouts allows you to see how far you have come.
BUT you must do one thing to get the benefit…
YOU HAVE TO LOG YOUR WORKOUTS!!!
Do not log your workouts so you see how you stack up against others. Do not log your workouts to remind yourself of how far you are from your goals.
Log your workouts so that you can look forward to beating that score some day. Log your performances so that you can look back at this score and say “wow, I have really come a long way”.
And log your results ACCURATELY no matter how you did. Even if you are disappointed today, that score is just an old finish line to crush the next time you do it!
Every day of training is a day when you are living the story of your life. Make sure you write that story down to learn the hard lessons and remember where you came from.
Your future self with thank you.
2018 08 01