Hold Fast Iron

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

Hold Fast Iron is dedicated to sharpening the lives of others.  

HOLD FAST FRIDAY 10/16/15

Challenge

The Hold Fast Iron team challenges you to lean the focus of your workouts from being result based to being effort based.  It is far more important to understand how to push your individual limits as it is reaching performance goals.  The weight used during an exercise has measurable value but it is not as important as the effort being exerted, which is only measured by you.

I am going to present a couple situations that illustrate my point.  First, lets say you are a decent runner, maintaining an 8-minute mile pace.  You set off on a 4 mile run and you finish at 32 minutes.  Is that a good time?  Yes it is.  Did it change you physically, mentally, and emotionally, maybe, maybe not? 

A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.
— Steve Prefontaine

Next, lets look at workout pairing with that workout partner that is well, by far, fitter than you.  The workout begins and within the first couple minutes they have lapped you.  By the end of the workout you are gasping for air on the ground and your buddy is sipping water encouraging you.  Your buddy is faster and or stronger than you, but what about the effort expended during the workout.  Did it match yours?  Does it matter?

We ask the question.  What matters more, the result or the effort?  1st or 4th?