Turning the majority of your workouts into a competition is a surefire way to get injured, burned out, and essentially get no positive results.
I trained in this manner for close to a decade. Every workout, I forced myself to grind out another rep or and another 5 lbs to the bar, even if my form went to hell. I dumped adrenaline as if I was on a battlefield. I ignored sore joints. And I even witnessed my excitement for training turn to dread.
What did I have to show for it? A torn labrum, constant fatigue, and an annoying regression in strength.
And I’m not an anomaly when it comes to this. Every one of my friends/colleagues that pushed the envelope like I did experienced a similar fate.
So here’s an opportunity to learn from my mistakes. It will may require a mindset shift. Think like a high performing athlete. Treat training like an athlete treats practice. Work on improving. Getting better. Perfecting movement.
Competitions are few and far between many practice sessions. So maybe a few times per year you compete in a strength sport. Or maybe you test yourself on occasion. Or maybe you get crazy with an old training partner from time to time- for old times sake. @jayferruggia
But the majority of your training should revolve around getting better, not beating the sh!t out of yourself. #fitnesstruth