It’s everywhere. Facebook. Twitter and the biggest platform of all is, of course, Instagram. You can’t look at your phone without seeing some kind of fitness, or training post.
For most of us in the world of fitness, we will likely be following many accounts of those that inspire us. Those that we want to be just like, but there’s a dark side to it all too.
Watching others succeed faster than you can either not affect you at all because you’re completely comfortable with your current success and know that everyone goes at their own pace, no matter how hard they’re working (You go girl/dude!), or it can make you feel quite poorly about yourself. Leaving you questioning why you haven’t achieved that success yet. I’m certainly someone that can get like that. Watching my peers get stronger faster and achieve new goals faster can be hard and I certainly wish I could be like some of the athletes I look up to (Brooke Ence, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Kris Pope, Emily Abbott to name a few you may know), but I have to remind myself that I’m doing what I can with what I have and you should too.
A lot of my lifting peers are younger than myself, may not have a full-time 9-5 job and get more than 5.5 hours of sleep a night. Some may have been training longer than me (Much like the athletes I listed above) and some may have more knowledge about nutrition and macros and know how to fuel their bodies better than I do (Or they have companies that make and deliver food to them and don’t have to worry about prepping.) Whatever it may be, as long as you know you’re doing the best you can with whatever factors you face, then why compare? Because typically, as athletes we are all competitors, right?
Here’s the thing. There’s always going to be someone better than you. Always. Unless you’re the Fittest Man/Woman on earth and sit at the top of your game, but that just means that there’s always someone working their butt off to be better than you and so you need to continue to work harder. Let’s not go down that path though. What I’m getting at is that it’s you against you. It’s okay to keep an eye on that competition, but don’t let it affect how hard you work or think you’re working. Be better than you were yesterday. Set goals for yourself and don’t chase goals that someone else has set for themselves. They’re not you and you are not them.
You are doing your best and in the end, that is all that should matter. Being on top is always a great feeling, but one can’t remain at the top forever, so it’s important that you remember to be at the top of YOUR game, YOUR competition with yourself and to stop comparing yourself to what you see on social media because what you see is only a moment in time. We don’t see the hard times’ EVERYONE goes through. We don’t see the missed lifts, the injuries, the ‘falling off track’. Everyone goes through it. I promise you that because guess what! We are ALL human.
Be more human. Be the best human you can be.