We all exercise and workout to try and improve ourselves.
Whether we are trying to lose weight, lift heavier, or gain endurance we are all trying to improve in some way.
While keeping track of our score in a workout in a great way to track progress over time and measure improvements, it does not always lead to improvements in our health and fitness.
It can be easy to use those scores to determine performance. Our entire perception of our fitness level is now determined by our score.
In most cases this comes at a cost, we no longer pay attention to our technique and mechanics. The soul focus becomes the score board.
The reason technique and mechanics matter is to get the best benefit possible from the movement.
But without a workout score, how do we determine the quality of our training. Ask yourself these questions
- Did I move the entire workout and give my best effort for the duration of the workout?
- Did I focus on keeping my movement correct for the entire workout?
- Did I improve myself in some way during this workout?
If you can answer Yes to all of these questions then you had a quality workout, regardless of what your final score may be. So for your next workout, pay less attention to putting up the highest score and pay more attention to how you are preforming your movements and the effort you are putting forth.