Comparison is the thief of joy.
One of the greatest pieces of the CrossFit package is the community you gain when you start training at a CrossFit gym. We have an incredible community of people at South Landing CrossFit that we are amazed by more and more every week, but we want to remind you that the successes of others should never dull down your own success.
Sometimes as a staff, we will be excited to see an athlete hit a major PR on their back squat, but when we come over to congratulate them, their response will be something like “yeah I’m pumped, but I did use the trainer bar.” Or maybe an athlete will have an incredibly fast time for the day on a metcon, but when we give them a high five we’ll hear “yeah it was really fast, but I didn’t use as much weight as so-and-so.”
What the person next to you did during the workout shouldn’t dictate the value of what you accomplished. You got yourself to the gym, you did the entire warm up, strength, and metcon, and you did it all the best you could. That is enough and something to be proud of!
Be okay with doing great! Maybe one day you’ll be doing just as much weight as the person next to you, but you will never get there if you don’t take the time to appreciate your success.
During your time in the gym, we encourage you to work hard, and as you improve, always be more aware of where you were yesterday, last week or even last year instead of where someone else currently is. Chances are, the person next to you was in the exact same place as you at one point. Celebrate the steps of your journey. Every step is important and every step takes a lot of hard work that we are very proud of you for! So today, keep moving forward.