What is a PR?

Progress in the gym can be seen in many ways, but one of the most exciting ways is with a new personal record (PR). PR’s are those little gems that you pick up along the way on your journey toward your fitness goals. They allow you to see where you’re at, look forward to where you want to go, but more importantly they allow you to look back with pride, and remember where you started and how far you’ve come!

At LIV we have a big PR board always chalked with names, some small and hidden up in the corner, and other names that you can spot from a mile away. Right next to the board we have the PR bell that lets everyone know that it’s time to celebrate! I know for me, I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I am able to put my name on the board and ring the bell. But sometimes I hear people say that their PR “wasn’t good enough to go on the board” or “it’s not even heavy, why should I bother to write it on there?”. Well, let’s take a look at what ‘personal record’ means. Just that, personal, it’s a celebration of something that YOU’VE never done. YOU never lifted that weight before, and today you crushed it! Good job! It doesn’t matter whether someone lifted more than you or ran a bit faster, because that’s YOUR new personal record, so be proud of it!

The PR board isn’t there for comparison, it’s there for celebration. PR’s are a time for rejoice and jubilation, because everyone that has PR’ed before knows that for every one ring of that bell, there were months and months of hard work. That’s why there’s a huge celebration when someone hits a new PR, usually accompanied by weird screams, loud noises and flailing arms attempting of some sort of touchdown dance!

Putting a new PR on the board gives you a moment to reflect and appreciate how much hard work you’ve put in. Blood, sweat and maybe even tears went into getting that extra double under or adding those extra couple pounds onto your lift. Take a moment to look back at how far you’ve come and the effort it took to get there.

So next time you PR, do your touchdown dance, remember how awesome you are and ring that bell loud and proud!