Why We Compete
Here at R3VIVE, we don’t prioritize competition when we program for our group classes. We ultimately believe in movements that promote longevity and sustainable health over the long run, vs short term. However, once a year, we offer an annual in-house competition for our gym’s community to celebrate our hard work and the anniversary of opening our doors. Competition helps us embrace the hard work and effort we’ve put in day after day, alongside our peers and coaches!
First, let’s talk about competition and what it is. Competition, is to strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over an obstacle that is doing the same. Notice we mentioned an obstacle and not another person.
This is important…
While competition is typically between individuals or groups of people it can also be against yourself (a goal that seems challenging), or just life’s obstacles and adversities. Think of it as the act of overcoming adversity no matter who or what the adversity is.
Why do we compete?
In general, most of us are competing against or for something… Whether you are competing against your inner voices, or for a high score while in class, competition can be a part of our daily lives without us realizing it. The challenge and growth of competition can help us become better people, better athletes, or better professionals.
The challenge aspect of competition helps us to grow and learn. It shows us what we are not good at, what some unexpected weaknesses and strengths are, and can show us some aspects of what we can work on while we train. Another value of competing is the camaraderie it brings. There is something about challenging yourself with, or against the people we see and sweat with daily, that helps us all bond together.
While for some, competition can be stressful and seen as just a test. However, it can be a great tool to help your mindset growth outside of the gym. We compete in our lives outside of the gym more than we know… Think about it, for most of us, that comes in the form of adversity. Any time we compete, we also get to practice facing our adversities and overcoming them.
Competition brings about the ability to perform at levels we did not think were possible. The Social facilitation theory is the tendency for people who are being watched or observed to perform better than they would alone on simple tasks (or tasks they know how to do very well due to repetition). When we compete, we can push ourselves to new limits that we didn’t even know we have, challenge our selves to finish strong while loudly accepting praises and cheers from our peers!
Join us in celebrating another year of being open by registering to compete for our in-house throw down!