“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” - Coach John Wooden
Many times we only look at success from the bottom line, in fitness that usually means numbers on the scale, inches off the waist etc. Well, if you’ve read some of my former posts, you’ll know I believe that while losing weight and inches are worthwhile goals, they shouldn’t be the end all marker of your fitness success and that I believe improving your performance numbers in the gym are far better indicators of your progress. However, I believe that even as you accomplish your fitness goals, the peace of mind and satisfaction is often short lived, because you can always improve your performance (often we get to plateaus), and healthy weight loss is limited by your physiology, which can make feeling like you’re not being successful at your fitness.
However, as Coach Wooden puts it, if you put everything you’ve got into doing the best possible work you can, while holding nothing back, you’re successful, you are a winner. Only you know if you’ve done the best of which you are capable, only you know if you could have done one more good rep, only you know when your technique is breaking down and you have to back off to do good quality reps.
I believe that your fitness goals will be achieved faster and you’ll break through plateaus more easily by putting everything you’re capable of into each workout.
Remember that ‘everything your capable of’ doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going “full speed” all the time, it does mean that you’re doing the best reps you can at the highest intensity that you can while doing the best reps you can. If your reps aren’t good but your intensity is, then you need to dial the intensity down and make your reps better.
So come on in and give everything you’ve got!