Honesty is the Best Policy
Written by Bryce Smith
I had an athlete approach me the other day about honesty and how it relates to training. He had mentioned to me that the person he was training with was not doing all of the assigned repetitions. I proceeded to ask if the athlete was performing a scaled or modified version of the workout. The answer was no and of course I proceeded to educate our member on an important unwritten fitness rule.
It is simple and sweet: “BE HONEST!”
I get that everyone wants to appear as a beast who tramples through workouts like nobody’s business; but at some point, dishonesty will come back to bite you in the arse. It is important that you hold yourself to a standard and not count your non-repetitions. If you clearly have the ability to make the wall ball hit the target but you are simply choosing not to because you are trying to finish first, or because it is hard, then you are doing yourself a disservice.
Cutting corners in the gym will only lead to cutting corners outside of the gym. John Wooden said one of my all time favorite quotes, which is, “If you don’t have time to do it right, then when will you have time to do it again?”
Many athletes are always concerned with being first on the whiteboard, but then neglect the real reason why we all perform high intensity fitness, which is to become better movers, and enhance the quality of our lives. If we are performing poor movement patterns, shortening repetitions, or cheating to create this false perception of our ability, we are truly headed down the wrong path. I can guarantee that the path towards undoing all the damage engrained in your mind, body and soul will be a much more challenging path then simply striving do things right the first time.
The famous Steve Prefontaine once said, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” At the end of the day when all is said and done, you must look yourself in the mirror and only you know if you gave it your best, and I believe that all of us are capable of an honest effort.