Why we Strength Test…

At the end of our strength testing week, every one of us has pitted our previous self against the person we are today to see if we have improved. This is beneficial for a couple of reasons.

Number one it motivates us to get better. Whether you hit a personal record (PR) for every lift tested or you didn’t get any this week, you can use it to push yourself further. PR’s are proof that your time and commitment is paying off. If you weren’t able to get any records, I encourage you to be reflect back on the past couple of months and be honest with yourself about how often you actually worked out and how much regular sleep you were getting. Was your nutrition consistent and your stress levels relatively low? All these play a part in excelling in the gym (and out of the gym). If you want to get stronger, fitter and leaner use the disappointment of not improving this week to spur you into a better routine, and I can guarantee that the next time strength testing rolls around you will smash new PR’s.

The second reason comes from the coaches perspective. Testing is a way to hold us accountable for what we are programming. By looking at the results of our members we are able to see what is working and what is not and make changes accordingly for your benefit. Just as an FYI it is for your benefit even if you are cursing Ian’s name for programming burpees (or insert most hated exercise here)… again!

Whatever happened this week, I challenge you to use it to your advantage and make your future self even better!

Dr. Liz Marshall – Chiropractor


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