I am competitive. Sometimes too competitive. I used to think if I had to modify it was a sign of weakness. But that has gotten me in some trouble. Have you ever pushed yourself too far in a workout that you end up injuring yourself because you were more concerned about the score on the board than being safe? I am guilty. Maybe I was in denial. Maybe I didn't want to look like a failure. And I paid the price. I was more concerned about how successful I looked to others than keeping myself safe. I was willing to sacrifice my body for my pride. It's not worth it. I ended up needing physical therapy.
Tip 1: LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. When pain strikes because of performing a movement incorrectly or because of bad form stop. Modify to something else. Or STOP the workout. You don't look weak because you have to stop. You are more prone to injury when you don't listen to your body and know your limitations. Going RX all the time isn't always the safest. It takes time to build up muscle and proper technique to get there.
Tip 2: IF GOING RX MEANS A LESS INTENSE WORKOUT YOU SHOULD SCALE. If the RX movement/weight is going to make you go less intense so much that you aren't even breaking a sweat you aren't getting the same kind of workout if you were going to scale. To scale is not a fail. It's still a great workout.
Tip 3: BE CONSISTENT WITH WORKOUTS. You can't expect to see increase in strength and technique if you cherry pick workouts or only come 2-3 times a week. It's recommended that you go 4-5 workouts a week.
Tip 4: ALWAYS PARTICIPATE ON MAX DAYS. Max days are a great time to really learn the movement. You also can see how much progress you've made by increasing weight safely and efficiently.
Tip 5: REMEMBER YOUR PROGRESS IS YOUR PROGRESS. Don't compare your journey to someone else's. When this happens you can become discouraged. Don't beat yourself up! Sometimes you have to take a step back and remember where you came from. If you look back where you started, you have grown in strength, coordination, ability, and confidence.
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