What is a PR?

By Jason Chandler

In CrossFit, the term “PR” stands for “Personal Record”. This simply means doing something better than the last time you did it. It could be a faster WOD time or lifting more weight than you’ve lifted before. But I think most of us forget the other “PR”. The one I think is most important.

I think it’s important to remind ourselves that the FIRST TIME we do something is also a “PR”. We forget that the struggle to get our first hand-stand push-up or our first double-under is just as important as that 5lb increase in your back squat. The time, effort, sweat, sometimes tears (in the case of the welts from double-under misses) is the same as we put into getting stronger in a particular lift. For some of us, these movements take MORE effort than simply getting stronger.

What else can be a “PR”? What else can we be proud of and brag about? I think it’s important to remind ourselves of our little victories. To remember that we ARE making progress each and every day, even if it’s not something that’s easily measured in our notebooks (something we will talk about soon). CrossFit TreeHouse is just as new as a lot of you are. So each and every day, you are doing things that can be considered “PRs”, things you can be proud of.  As athletes, you should be proud of the first time you come twice a week or the first time you come to an open gym to work on something extra. Those are things you didn’t do a month ago. Improving movements is important, but simply showing up to class is half the battle. As coaches, we can be proud of how many classes we have taught, how many new movements we have shown you, or even how many people show up to a given class. There are a lot of good things happening for all of us, each and every day.

Be proud of the work you’re putting in. Be proud of your choice to come to workout instead of sit on the couch. Be proud of the little things. Just because you aren’t moving around heavy weights, doesn’t mean you aren’t getting better. At the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about? YOU are putting in the work. YOU are becoming a BETTER YOU. BE PROUD OF YOU. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Every day is a chance to set a new “PR”. Whether or not you seize that opportunity is up to you.

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