16 September 2015

What does success look like?
It's super easy to get caught up in the buzz of PRs in the gym. Especially since we have a whiteboard solely dedicated to posting PRs! Keep in mind however, that success can take on a few different forms. Success may not always be a brand new PR (Personal Record) or PB (Personal Best). 

I was talking to an athlete recently who was struggling with double unders. She was saying how she's been working on them for a long time and still can't beat her old PR of 32 in a row. Frustration was setting in and it was becoming a dreaded movement for her because it feels like they just aren't getting any better. So, I asked her, "Aside from the number has anything else improved about them?" Her response was, "Yes, my feet don't hurt anymore when I do them because I've slowed down my jump and am not jumping quite as high."

SUCCESS.

That particular success wasn't in a number, but in the form of improved technique. That's probably more important of a success than the number done unbroken. If you can improve your technique and start practicing good habits with a movement regularly, kudos.

 The second thing I asked her was, "Have you been doing them in wods and how's that going?" Her response, "Oh yea, I can now do the prescribed number in the wod without having to scale them. I used to cut the number down or just do singles so it wouldn't take me all night."

SUCCESS.

This version of success is about consistency. She has been diligent in her training of the movement so that she can now expect to do them consistently. Even if a new number for unbroken double unders hasn't been set in a while, the exciting part is that she's now able to do them on demand. Again, kudos.

So, keep in mind that measuring success may not always be a specific number, but it can take on other forms, in particular improved technique and consistency. Don't be shy when it comes to that PR board. It's not just for pure numbers, it's about highlighting your success. Keep that in mind during your class today. Maybe today will not be about getting that RX Handstand Pushup, but maybe it will be about being consistent with the HSPU with one abmat and a plate.  Good luck!

 

Workout of the Day

6 Minute EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute)
6 Handstand PushUp
Max Effort Alternating Single Leg Squats

Rest 5 Minutes

6 Minute EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute)
6 Handstand PushUp
Max Effort Alternating Single Leg Squats

 

Post by D. Soprano

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Krit wrote:
Was this WOD made for me!?!?

Tue, September 15, 2015 @ 9:01 PM

2. Michelle wrote:
Nice blog today Dana. Thanks for the reminder, I needed that.

Tue, September 15, 2015 @ 9:12 PM

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