“I will not compare.” There are countless times in my life as a coach, an athlete, a recreational social media user, a human being that I’ve had to repeat this vow in my head, on paper, and out loud. Comparing is one of the easiest things we can do, while also being one of the most detrimental influences on our health and well-being.
It takes little to no effort for me to compare myself to a stranger on the internet with the click of a button, compare myself to a fellow coach with a glance at a number, compare my current self to my former self with a simple memory. It is so much more difficult to learn how to flip this mindset to one that highlights self-acceptance, confidence, and resiliency.
The truth is one of the easiest places to cultivate comparison is in fitness. A world that is full of different opinions, shapes, sizes, methods, and formats. One environment that I see all of us step into every week is right here, Fly Feet Running, which has fitness at its core. But do you want to know what else is at it's core? The principle of human connection. The root of our existence is building a relationship with yourself and with the people around you that have a common goal. It is about a sense of belonging to a team that loves you for just showing up with a positive attitude. It’s about owning what we’re currently capable of, and igniting the drive to accomplish something more. There really is no room for comparison in this kind of a setting, but it’s inevitable because it’s a huge part of being human.
I can tell you to not look at someone else’s speeds on the tread or what weights they lift on the floor or how many pull ups they can do, but that doesn’t get to the truth of it all. The best practice is in what we tell ourselves when we walk into the studio, when we are 30 minutes in to a crushing Tread & Shred workout, and when we toss our sweaty towel in the bin as a final kiss goodbye.
Remind yourself, if you are moving on the treadmill you are a runner. If you have a body you are strong. You are using it, caring for it, challenging it. It has never been about the speeds you are running or the size of the weights you use, but rather the effort you put in. What excites me the most as a coach is when I see someone take a risk and try a new speed they’re not sure they can do or watching someone struggle to finish burpees, but they’re still putting it all out there.
Since my very first day at Fly Feet there has been a resounding appreciation for effort over everything. When you walk into the studio, do the work for you, but let those around you be your support system.
All Hail the TreadMighty,