Have you been debating signing up for your local competition or in-house throwdown? Well…you should. Most people either love or hate competition. They either live for it or they avoid it at all costs. Many people let insecurities, doubts, nervousness, and fear steer them away from competition, but they are missing out on a huge opportunity. There are so many benefits that come about from participating in a competition. Here are a few reasons to consider competing in some fashion:
Test Yourself. You don’t know where you stack up if you don’t get out there and compete. You don’t know just how hard you can push until there’s 90 seconds left in a 9-minute AMRAP and everyone you know is screaming so you don’t drop the bar. Competition brings out the best in people and allows you to put your hard work on display.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone. It’s normal to be scared or nervous about a competition. Maybe you never did competitive sports, or you just aren’t a “competitive” person. If that’s the case, this is the best situation for you to break the mold and get out of your comfort zone. Find a partner competition and ask one of your friends from the box to sign up.
Have Fun with Peers. Many competitions are team or partner style. This often brings out another level of camaraderie as you cheer for each other, provide quick bits of encouragement or strategy, and celebrate each other’s success. Doing a competition with a workout buddy or some friends from the box can take your fitness friendship to another level.
So…compete. Compete for fun. Compete to win. Compete to showcase your abilities. Compete for community. Whatever your reasons, compete. You will surely be glad you did!