Healthy Competition

 By: Keith Spieker

   Competition is a great tool to use when training because it pushes you to do your best even when you don’t feel like pushing yourself.  Our athletes are used to competing all of the time.  Even some boot camp workouts can become competitive.  As trainers, we love to use it to help motivate people to try harder and get better results. 

   There are times where it loses its purpose.  Everyone knows at least one person who will do whatever it takes to win, even if that means cheating.  This is where I would like to differentiate good competition versus bad competition. 

   When you do all of your reps, with correct form and full range of motion, and then push yourself to beat someone else by going faster or lifting more; then it becomes good competition because it makes you better in the long term whether you win or lose that workout.  But when you only do 16 of the 20 sit-ups, or only go half way down on your squat, just to beat someone else, competing then loses its purpose and prevents maximal results. 

   I encourage athletes, boot campers, and everyone else to compete with an unfailing integrity that will push them to work to the best of their ability and then hold their head up high in the end; win or lose.

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