This post is inspired by a post I saw in a Facebook group earlier this week that really struck me. I hope it does the same for you.
In this group, people had been posting all day about the heavy weights they had been snatching during the workout, some as much as 250 lbs or more. But it wasn’t any of those comments that caught my eye.
Later in the day, someone came on and said “I hit a new squat snatch PR today at 115 lbs, but not really a big deal compared to the rest of numbers I see everyone posting.”
Now, if you’re following any elite athletes on Instagram, your feed is likely full of them hitting new PR’s on a daily basis or displays of incredible athleticism.
For example, check out my man Dan Bailey right here crushing a new Clean PR at 350 lbs!
The @roguefitness warehouse during the @CrossFit team series, isn’t a bad place and time to PR your clean. This 350lb lift is a 10lb pr. There wasn’t a much better way to cap off a fun week of training and competing with some great people! @roguefitness #BearingBar @Progenex @reebok @beyondthewhiteboard @Crossfit_Weightlifting #TrainHardRecoverStrong #Acts2024
It is easy to see clips like Dan’s, or comments on a Facebook post and think:
“I’m not even close to that level, so why even bother sharing my numbers…”
If that thought has crossed your mind, it’s no big deal. In fact it’s perfectly natural in my opinion. Personally I can’t clean close to 350 lbs, see for yourself.
What is a big deal is if you let that thought stick around long enough that you start to believe it can’t be changed.
If you go out and watch interviews with any of those athletes, I would be willing to bet that none of them would say they share those videos to “show off” or “intimidate” the rest of us.
The real reasoning is the exact opposite: INSPIRATION
We all start somewhere, and usually it’s at the bottom of the ladder instead of the top. Elite athletes have just put in the years of work and thousands of hours of practice it takes to get to the top.
And you can get there too if you’re willing to put in the work.
Check out Julie Foucher’s resume:
- 5th place at Crossfit Games 2010
- 2nd place at Crossfit Games 2012
- 3rd place at Crossfit Games 2014
She spent a long time at the top of the sport. However you can also see where she started in the video below. I think she’s referred to her attempts at snatches and cleans here to “watching a baby deer trying to learn how to walk.”
Just because you’re not at the top of the leaderboard today, it doesn’t make your “score” any less significant. Today is just the first day of the rest of your journey. If you keep focused and keep taking intentional steps forward, I promise you will see the results your chasing.
Next time you see someone in your Newsfeed post a video of their massive PR, do me a favor: leave a comment congratulating them and let them know how they are helping to inspire you to keep pushing.
I guarantee this action will serve to fuel your motivation and inspire you the next time you hit the gym. Additionally it will give that athlete a surge of inspiration as well, so everyone benefits and no one loses.