Own Yourself (Mon 8/9/10)

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We all do it when we come into the gym, especially if we’re coming in for one of the later classes of the day. The first place we look is at the whiteboard to see what everyone’s times have been for the day’s WOD, and we search for the name of the person we feel is our best competition. “That’s the time I want to beat today” is what we tell ourselves, and then we do our best to beat that time by at least one second. And that’s how we make sure that we avoid greatness and remain relegated to being counted among the cream of the crap.

But the person that looks at the board as an after thought, purely out of curiosity and not to find their daily goal, has a different plan in mind. They don’t compare their own times with others because they’re driven from within. They look at the WOD as their OWN challenge to conquer, shooting for the best THEY can do. They know that the best someone else can do has nothing to do with how well they themselves are able to perform.

If you compare yourself to someone else, the best you can ever become is limited to someone else’s desire to improve. Don’t desire to be better than anyone, but rather work to be the best you can. This is a very difficult task, and it will hurt a LOT (the way only CrossFit can), but you’re well aware that you didn’t sign up for day camp with soft cuddly kittens.

Shoot for a higher goal than the best someone ELSE can do. Shoot for the best you can do. You’ll feel better after the WODs knowing you did YOUR best, and you’ll start putting numbers up on the board that someone else can shoot for.


Power Snatch 3-2-1-1-1


3 Rounds for time of:

7 Muscle-Ups
14 Kettlebell Swings (2 pood/1.5 pood)
21 Thrusters (75/53)


1 mile run for best time

  • Russ

    Great words of wisdom, Tai. I constantly catch myself comparing my time to other people’s. I appreciate the encouragement to shoot much higher than that!

  • Oliver

    Oh, I like the power snatch!