Some of you may have noticed that the upper portion of our whiteboards are all dominated by what we call our Leaderboards. While a good portion of you may know what they're for, I wanted to write a post to really lay it all out.
The next time you're in the gym, take a good look at them. Their simplest function is to record the top five scores (times, weights, reps, etc) in a variety of common benchmarks ranging from workouts (like Nancy or Jackie) to max efforts (like max clean and jerk, max reps pull-ups, or fastest 400m run). That's pretty easy, right? Well they have another, more important function that stems from that scorekeeping.
The Leaderboards help build a sense of community. You come in and see someone has knocked you down from 3rd to 4th and now suddenly you're motivated to hit that benchmark harder to reclaim your spot. Or one day you're reading the boards and you see a time or score that just looks absolutely amazing and you're suddenly inspired by that performance. Even better, the feeling you get when you actually make it onto the leaderboards…pride, happiness, excitement!
Those leaderboards serve as a constant reminder that there's always room to improve, that competition is a big part of what we do (both against ourselves and against our peers), that everyone here goes through the same insanely hard ass-kicking workouts that you do, and that together we can lift each other up to great achievements!
"Death By 10 Meters"
With a continuously running clock,
athletes will sprint every minute, on
the minute, adding 10 meters every
minute until they cannot complete
the necessary number of sprints in
the allotted time.
Posted by Armen.