The principle is about competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
- Steve Young
After years of playing on competitive sports teams and constantly measuring my fitness level against others, I’ve finally come to learn that the best competition - the only competition that matters – is myself.
Whether or not you consider yourself a competitive person, you are still your biggest competition – and your biggest motivator. Small weekly goals can be your key to finding satisfaction in your workouts, staving off boredom, and bettering your fitness level. So harness your inner competitor. Compete against yourself by creating your very own personal challenge.
Challenge yourself; you just may realize that YOU ARE A COMPETITOR afterall. And a tough one at that.
Here are some ideas of small, specific goals to set for yourself:
- Work out 5 out of 7 days – Write this goal down. Look at it each morning. Write down your workouts and how you felt during and after. These small steps will keep you focused.
- Increase your speed by .5 on the treadmill – Think you can only run as fast as 7mph? So did one of my clients. Until I simply challenged her to run faster. Funny how that works! If you don’t have a personal trainer, HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE. Start with simply .5 faster than usual, but don’t stop there… Keep pushing yourself to see how far you can go. You’ll be amazed.
- Try this timed workout – Record how long it takes you, and do that workout once a month. Beat your previous time, without fail, each session. It’s YOU vs. YOU. No excuses.
5 rounds for time of:
12 T push-ups
12 pull ups (assisted if necessary)
20 kettlebell swings
20 box jumps
20 superman back extensions
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