Comparisonitis: Is it time to turn off the clock?

Do you compare yourself to others?It’s OK to admit it. During a competitive season like the Open, it’s hard not to notice that little – or big – number next to your name, showing you exactly where you stand. I’ve been there.

I just have one question for you: why do you let 5 workouts, out of the hundreds you do throughout the year, define your worth?

The competition trap can snap you up any time – telltale signs include obsessing over whiteboards, irrational anger at bro reps, and general lack of fun while training.

When you turn the clock off for awhile, you can breathe again. You can get a great sweat going without sweating what the guy or girl next to you is doing. You’re not gonna lose your gains – on the contrary, you are going to gain the internal fuel for your fire that has nothing to do with anyone else.

Now that the Open has concluded, I invite you to try on a Not For Time piece. Below you’ll see two workouts: one with a typical intensity level that will have you racing against the clock. The other is quality focused, such as what you’ll see during Awaken Training Series, which is opening for registration April 1-8.

Intensity Focus – Typical Training

Push Press – 5,3,3,2,2,1,1
3 Rounds for Time
Run 400m
10 Burpees
15 Toes to Bar
20 Box Jumps 24/20
Tabata Sit Ups

Quality Focus through FBB:

A. Push Press; 32X2; 5,5,5,5; rest 2mins
*tempo is read as follows – Explosive Push Press Up, Hold 2seconds overhead, Lower back to shoulders in 3seconds, Hold 2seconds on shoulder before next rep
B1. Half Kneeling Dumbbell Arnold Press; 3112; 6-8/arm; rest 30sec x 3
B2. Weighted Plank; 30sec hold; rest 90sec x 3
“Not For Time”
Row 250m
10 Dumbbell Burpee Box Step Up and Over (20/16″ with 45/30lbs DB’s)
Strict Toes to Rings
6 Burpee Broad Jump (max distance each jump)
20m Reverse Sled Drag
x 3 Rounds

With a Functional Bodybuilding style workout, we include a tempo for eccentric strengthening in the Push Press instead of only going for a tough single. Instead of redlining on bodyweight and running, with a core tester under fatigue for dessert, we slow down for some single-arm strength work. Finally, our Not For Time piece will move blood in an aerobic fashion and get some hidden core and strength work without the stress of a beeping clock.

In Awaken Training Series, we train for 12 weeks in a way that will reconnect you with your passion for training. No stress. No comparisons. Just hard work, and all the reasons you love it. Join us! Registration closes April 8 at 5pm Pacific.

Awaken Training Series is open for registration until Sunday, April 8 at 5pm Pacific. Program starts April 9. Join Now!