Do you know the difference between training and competing? You probably do, as the difference is pretty clean when we think about things from a sport perspective. A football player tacking folks on Sundays is competing, while the work he does on the weekdays, hitting the gym, doing walk through’s, etc. is training. However, when it comes to everyday people (not pro athletes) going to the gym, the difference between training and competing is often forgotten. Here is why you need to remember the difference every time you step foot into the gym.
Competing and training are two very different things. Training is the processes of getting better. Finding weaknesses and working to improve them. Competing is putting all that training to the test and seeing the hard work pay off. A good way to think of it is as a cycle. You compete, which exposes some weakness, you then go back to training to fix that weakness. Then you compete again, see the improvement and see where another weakness is, and then go back to training to attack that weakness. The cycle continues on and on. This is an important cycle as each time you go through it, you grow into a new, better version of yourself.
What your “competition” is will be depended on your goals. If you want to lose weight so you can feel more confident and play with your kids. That is what you are training for. That is your competition. You go through your day, play with your kids, and evaluate. What were your weaknesses? What could you have done better? What did you do well? Then you go back to working towards your goals, showing up to the gym to exercise, watching what you eat and how you sleep, all of which is your training to achieve your goals.
Competing is valuable, but we only need to do it as a benchmark and as a mechanism to show us what we need to work on. We don’t need to compete every day in the gym. We need to train. Work on getting better each day instead of lifting the most weight, running the fastest, or throwing the farthest. The score isn’t what defines our success, reaching our goals defines that. So train towards those goals.
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