Your PR is a big deal.
If you’re new to training, your PR is your “Personal Record”. Some call it a PB for “Personal Best” but I grew up with PB meaning Peanut Butter and I just can’t unhear that. So I’ll stick with PR.
As I was saying…
Your Personal Record is a big deal. I need you to know this, for your sake.
All too often, when I congratulate someone on a new record, they respond with a shoulder shrug and a “well, it was scaled”, or “that’s nothing compared to that other guy, but I’ll take it!”
First, It’s a PERSONAL record – not a public record.
It is yours. You earned it. It belongs to you. It’s not to be compared to someone else or to the “as prescribed” version or whatever. That’s what the Gym Records are for. You have every right to be proud of your PR without the need to compare it to someone else. The gym is one place in your life where you get to work, see tangible results and are encouraged to share and revel in those results. Take pride in those victories, no matter how small they are.
Second, no PR is a small PR.
It’s easy to lose sight of why we are doing the things we do in the gym. We all want to be fitter. We want to feel better, look better. But what does that mean, to be fitter? I could give you the geek answer, but I think the real answer that we are looking for with fitness, is that being fitter makes you more capable. It improves your quality of life.
Given that your fitness level represents better quality of life, how can you take a PR so lightly? A PR is literally an objective measurement that represents a specific aspect of your fitness. That 5-pound PR on your deadlift may seem like a small victory, but it is huge in what it represents. You have just proven that you are more capable than you were the last time you tried the lift. You are stronger, more resilient, adaptable.
You can literally do more than you could before.
That PR represents your ability to get stuff done! It shows that you are more independent, less likely to decline into dependency, and will probably live longer.
A fitter you is a freer you!
Improving your fitness opens the doors of opportunities to do more and live a more fulfilling life. I’m not overstating the matter here. Think about it. Being sick and bedridden obviously limits your ability to experience much of what life has to offer. Well, that’s just an extreme version of being unfit. The more fit you are, the more you get to experience life.
Fitness = options.
Fitness = freedom.
Fitness = independence.
A PR is an objective measurement of your improved fitness.
Now that’s a pretty big deal.