Competition considered as a main thing in life is too grim, too tenacious, too much a matter of taut muscles and intent will, to make a possible basis for more than one or two generations at most. After that length of time it must produce nervous fatigue, various phenomena of escape, a pursuit of pleasures as tense and as difficult as work (since relaxing has become impossible), and in the end a disappearance of the stock through sterility. It is not only work that is poisoned by the philosophy of competition; leisure is poisoned just as much. The kind of leisure which is quiet and restoring to the nerves comes to be felt boring. There is bound to be a continual acceleration of which the natural termination would be drugs and collapse. The cure for this lies in admitting the part of sane and quiet enjoyment in a balanced ideal of life.
- The Conquest of Happiness (p. 47) by Bertrand Russell
Bertrand may look like a sourpuss, but he's surrounded by happy clouds
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE competition and, in correct doses, nothing is a better kick in the pants to your training than a contest. But competition, without frequent periods of repose, reflection, and recovery, is NOT any kind of fast ticket to grace and mastery. Competition is, as a teaching technique, wonderful; as a training approach, it is horrible. Constant competition is a fast road to fatigue, breakdown, and burnout.
Mastery and competition are not dichotomous terms, but they can be at odds with one another. Go to many gyms, and you will be able to very quickly discern if a mastery or competitive mindset is more prevalent.
MASTERY vs. COMPETITIONqualitative quantitative
every rep perfect AMRAP
take your time for time
Let's turn off the music Let's crank up some 'Tool' for this set