I often get calls from people who’ve seen enough pictures/media about The Unit to make them curious, but are nervous as hell about the stuff we do.
One of their main concerns is “Will i be able to do any of this stuff?”. My answer is always the same. “You’re not required to do anything you cannot already do. I won’t ask you to push harder than you can. But it is supposed to be difficult and that will never change for as long as you choose to workout with us. You’ll get better at it, you might even get to a point where those pictures you once feared look like a joke, but it will be as tough 6 months from now as it was the day you walked in.”
And that is what i want to talk about today.
So many of us choose not to live out our potential because someone else is doing better. We let someone else’s talent run our show. When actually, the race is only with ourselves.
1 year from now, your goal should be, to be better than you were today. The fact that you cannot run 100 meters as fast as Usain Bolt shouldn’t stop you from running those 100 meters anyway.. and enjoying every last meter of it.
At The Unit, in an effort to encourage people to push themselves as hard as they can, we have a whiteboard:
On most days, all it has written on it, is the workout of the day. Some days, we write our scores on the board, take a photograph of it and preserve it for later. This way when we do the workout again, we know how far we’ve come in our quest for fitness. Some days I get in early, do the workout myself, put my score up on the board and encourage people to do better.
Most days though, we don’t worry about scores. All that counts is that we did our best. I do this on purpose. I use the scores to remind everyone to push as hard as they can, and do it only sporadically so that a persons’ competitive streak doesn’t get in the way of good technique.
And yet, i find that every time a score is written on the board, it inspires silliness. Heavier than safe weights are attempted(and shot down by me), people try (and fail) to get away with less than perfect technique, and some others forget to count… all in an attempt to ‘win’.
Except, there is no prize, except your own fitness. There is no glory, except for the rush you experience from finding that you are better today than you were yesterday. And the race, no matter how real it seems is ONLY with yourself.
So stop worrying about what the world is thinking. Stop asking if you CAN do an exercise.. and work at being better. Find your strengths, train your weaknesses and as always.. set no limits!