If you haven’t been a part of CrossFit, weightlifting, or any type of sport… some of you might be thinking “what is a PR?” For the rest of us, we all know very well the meaning of a PR. I’m sure the first thing you think of is hitting a weight increase PR on a certain lift. What is a PR? It’s a Personal Record! It’s when you do something at your best performance and beat your previous record. For example, my previous hang snatch PR was 115# and the other day I performed a hang snatch at 125# so that was a PR for me! Simple enough. However, not all PRs have to be an increase in weight on a lift. We can have tons of other types of PRs in our sport and in life in general.
Think back through the past few months. Have you learned new skills, performed your first strict pull-up, ran your fastest mile time, increased your mobility/flexibility, increased your form, made healthier food choices, climbed a rope for the first time, accomplished your first muscle-up, pushed really hard on a workout and gave it your all, tried a new weightlifting movement, did your first handstand on the wall, etc.? Maybe you decided to pursue a healthier lifestyle and took your first class at a CrossFit gym. Maybe you lost weight from better eating habits and exercising. Maybe you ran your first 400m without stopping. Maybe you RXd your first workout at the box and were super proud to show up on the wodify leaderboard with that little RX icon lighting up next to your name!! If you answered yes to any of the above (or other things you thought of), that is a PR!! We all have different goals relevant to our own journey and we can achieve these goals through CrossFit, weightlifting, or our sport of choice.
And what I have learned recently and been trying to focus on in my training is that it’s not always a HUGE PR. Sometimes it’s the little things that we often overlook but should appreciate! For example, it was testing week at CrossFit Q the other week and we were testing our strict press, deadlift, and front squat on various days. I tied my personal best on strict press, was under my best on deadlift, and was under my best on front squat. After the front squat, I felt so frustrated and discouraged that I cried… yup, I seriously cried. I felt overwhelmed with feelings of disappointment and felt like I haven’t been making much progress with my weights in the gym. I rarely hit PRs and if I do, they are so slight (maybe 5-10lbs). My good friend and athlete at the Q, Dan, reminded me that we aren’t always going to PR. Especially at my level where I have been in the sport for almost three years, weight PRs are harder to come by. It’s different when you are new to CrossFit he reminded me, you have so much room to grow and the weights you are lifting are bound to only increase. After a while, your body hits that point where those huge increases in pounds aren’t as frequent. It makes perfect sense. After this reminder, I felt a little better.
I’ve been reading a book called With Winning In Mind (a mental management book) that Dan gave me and this has helped a ton. This week, we worked up to a heavy hang snatch (as I mentioned earlier) and normally I would go into this lift with a negative mind because it was my weakest lift BUT I thought about what Dan said and the book I have been reading. I approached the bar with positivity but also sort of this feeling of carelessness. I knew that I was strong enough to lift the weight but I also knew it was life or death if I didn’t PR. I managed to squeeze out a 10# PR on this lift!! There are other little PRs that we often overlook but I am learning to appreciate like the fact that I ran 3 miles last night straight through without stopping. Some might think this is nothing but FOR ME, this is a huge personal best! I normally don’t run longer than 1.5-2 miles straight. I’m usually good for a mile and that’s that. But I pushed past the soreness in my legs, the burning in my calves, the tiredness in my lungs… and finished in 25:50. I felt so proud afterwards that I was able to remain mentally strong and finish the run even though I wanted to quit. One more to share… I did my first ring muscle-up in a workout the other day & that was huge for me!! Notice how it’s not all just weightlifting PRs. We have the ability to achieve tons of other personal bests through training, health, fitness, nutrition, and life!
Re-think your goals and mindset. Try looking at your training and nutrition differently. Work on embracing the littlest of improvements in life and being proud of them! A PR is a PR, no matter the size or type. Keep working hard and crushing those goals!
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