It has been brought to my attention that some people think it’s weird that I post these #PReveryday updates or other gym PRs on Twitter and Facebook. Some people don’t understand what they mean, and I’m sure others think that it’s just bragging. Here is why I post these things:
The reason I post these updates is that I believe in leading from the front. I think that if you are going to pay a professional to show you how to do something, they should be able to demonstrate that they are competent and able to do the same for themselves. What exactly do I mean by that?
A few months ago I opened a gym, and tossed myself head first into the fitness industry.
So if people are going to come to me to learn how to improve themselves, I need to demonstrate to them that I am always moving forward, always getting better myself. Believe it or not, this is not the norm in the fitness industry. The point of this post isn’t to get into negative details about how other people do things, but suffice to say that it is a rare thing for a fitness professional to practice what they preach.
PReveryday (a Personal Record, every day) actually represents a lot of things, but the core of it is simple. My friends and I share a belief that you can get just a little bit better every single day. Is that a hard pill to swallow? Just think about it for a minute. What if you could get a tiny bit better at something every day. How much better would you be in a week, a month, a year?
The thing is, if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. It doesn’t matter what the subject is. The only way to make sustainable progress is to always get better. If your training program isn’t making you better every single time you train, it is making you worse. There is no way around this. If you blindly follow P90X, it will hurt you. If you blindly follow your personal trainer at Lifetime, he will hurt you. That is why every single one of my members at The Movement Minneapolis learns how to be their own scientist, their own best personal trainer, and how to PR every day. Whether it be experimenting with their movement training, their diet, or their social environment, they all learn how to make themselves better every day.
So here is my challenge to you….try it. Get better at something today. Crush a sales call. Find a new strategy to teach a kid something new (my mom uses this concept to teach kids who have never held a pencil how to read & write in English). Set a PR in the gym. Be a better partner. And then be proud of it. Shouldn’t we be proud of our accomplishments, even the small steps? I think so.
P.S. I want to write more specifically about the training side of things and why setting a PR every day is such a paradigm shift, but I’m going to save that for another post.
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