From what I can think of, it is true for three reasons.
The first has to do with something that a very seasoned athlete told me once during a seminar I attended. He said, “We [athletes] learn everything learn everything on the border of failure and success”. Unless we push ourselves into that uncomfortable spot, both in the gym and life, we never know that of which we are truly capable. Learning how to take a near failure, and turn it into success, is real life. Performing one more round or one more rep will get you there.
Secondly, “going in for one more round” builds character; in fact, it is a great testimony to your character itself. You know the old saying when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Cliche, yes; True? Also yes. When you develop the capability to keep going when you no longer want to, that is true strength of character. One more rep, one more round will take you there.
Lastly, going for one more rep and one more round is simply how winning is done. It is what separates the winners from the losers, in life and in CrossFit. Quitters, in all avenues of life, are left behind whether they realize it or not. One more rep, one more round will make you a winner.
So, the next time your brain tells you to stop, the next time your shoulders, quads, or lungs beg through their burning accusations that you need rest, just keep going….if only for one more single rep…
More pictures from the Master’s Competition soon to come!