There’s a difference between comparing and competing. So stop with the “only” and the “just”.

Your back squat isn’t “only 200” or “not very good”.

Your back squat is where it is because of all the things that make up you. Your body composition, the foods you feed yourself, the time you have to stretch, rest, and mobilize. It’s how long you’ve been squatting, and how many times you can make it in to train.

Your squat isn’t awful. It’s who you compare yourself to that makes you decide if it’s good or bad– and that’s the problem.

You can’t compare yourself to the next guy. We’re all different. What if that person is some genetic freak who came in with a massive squat?

You can choose to compete with them. You can see they have similar numbers, and you can challenge yourself to see if you can keep up.

But it’s foolish to belittle yourself when you can’t or to decide that you’re not good enough because you think your numbers are “bad”.

You get to take some pride in the fact that you back squat.

Do you know how many people in this world can’t even break parallel on an AIR squat? Do you know how many people could not even fathom throwing around the weights that you warm up with?

Why the hell aren’t you comparing yourself to them?

Is it helping you to see the person next to you squatting more, and you don’t feel good enough? Is that getting you anywhere? I’m gonna bet no, it’s not.

Stand the hell up and hold your head high. Be proud of the fact that you show up, that you have weight on the bar. Or that you can do a pull-up, even with a band, or any of the other stuff that we do. Be proud of what you CAN do.

You’re not being egotistical taking pride in what you’ve accomplished. You are recognizing the work you’ve put in and seeing it pay out. You’ve gotten somewhere, haven’t you?

You are already ahead of all the other people who don’t exercise at all.

So it isn’t “only” or “just”– it’s “this is me- this is what I can do– and it’s awesome that I’m here, doing it”.

You are awesome for what you CAN do. You don’t suck because your back squat or your clean or any of the other numbers aren’t like the next guys.

Stop breaking yourself down, and starting seeing the awesomeness that is YOU.


Shawna Norton

My mission is to help everyone I can become the healthiest, strongest versions of themselves. I am a Crossfit coach, athlete, Health and Nutrition coach, Movement Rehab Specialist, and a grad student completing my masters in Kinesiology with a focus on integrative wellness.

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