How Competitive Are You?

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Good morning! Happy Monday!

According to a new study from the University of Oregon, fifty is the age at which you’re at your most competitive, and this likely applies to both sports and work. [source]


Interesting, right? I think so, especially in light of my recent obsession with how many Burpees I can do in 7 minutes. I actually wanted to attempt them again yesterday, but I was just too sore from my previous back-to-back attempts, so I submitted 96 as my official score for the first WOD of the CrossFit Open. Mal, however, was gunning to beat his score, so he did the WOD again yesterday and got 120! He’s an animal! 

It’s funny how much CrossFit has brought out my competitive side. Usually, I’m pretty laid-back about fitness and exercise. I’m competitive with myself, but I never really get fired-up about it. Even with running, which I take semi-seriously, I consistently push myself, but I never take my competitiveness to the next level. But, at CrossFit, I’m starting to become a freak. Check out this comment that Mal left on our box’s website the other day:


Haha! Even he’s noticed a difference in my attitude! Maybe my “competitive fire” is really starting to come out in my “old” age?


This morning’s breakfast was a big Pumpkin Pancake with blueberries, peanut butter, and a drizzle of maple syrup on top. Mmm!

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Weekly Workout

  • Sunday: CrossFit
  • Monday: Off
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: CrossFit

Question of the Day

Do you consider yourself a competitive person? With yourself? With others? Do you think you’ve become more competitive as you’ve grown older?



  1. I am super competetive with every aspect of my life and always have been. I try to tell myself I don’t have to be the best but it’s an ongoing battle for sure. Doesn’t help that my husband is the same way.

  2. I’m utterly shocked that 50 is the age at which we’re most competitive!! I’m not sure what I expected it to be but definitely younger!

    I think I’ve gotten less competitive, mostly because I’m no longer participating in team sports as I was in high school. But, I am still competitive with myself to lift heavier, run faster, and now (thanks to inspiration from you), do more BURPEES!! I’m planning on doing them at the start of my workout tomorrow after a rest day today to see how many in a row I can do!!

  3. Wow, that’s really interesting about 50 being the most competitive age!! I never would’ve guessed that!

    I’m not a competitive person but I can’t guarantee that won’t change as more weight comes off and the hubby and I can do more sporty schtuff together! 🙂

  4. Generally speaking, I’m not a competitive person when it comes to fitness, but I can see how something like Crossfit can bring out that side in a person. I’m more of a competitor when it comes to board games, trivia, etc. I’m a nerd!

  5. i’m definitely a competitive person… as i’ve gotten older, i find that i’m not quite as competitive with others as i used to be, but it’s still there. i think i’ll always be pretty competitive with myself though. part of the reason i love fitness so much is the adrenaline high of pushing myself to the next level!

  6. I just told my husband about how you tear it up at crossfit. He is interested in the workouts so I sent him to your page! I have a question. How do you decide how many rest days to take in a week?

  7. I agree with you about running. I’m competitive with myself but I definitely don’t have any “competitive fire” when it comes to training or races. Maybe because there are just so many fast runners out there or that races are fairly relaxed? I’m not sure but as much as I love running, I’m a lot less competetive than I used to be when I played sports.

  8. I am definitely competitive with myself – not with others though.

    Especially with races, I don’t care how I place overall or even in my age group – I just want to make sure I had a better time then the last time.

    I can see how Crossfit could bring out the competitiveness of anyone!

  9. I’m competitive. Mostly with myself. I always want to do better, lift more, run faster, etc. But even at crossfit I secretly listen to how others are doing and I try to beat them (though I’d never tell any of them that!) as a way to push myself even harder.

  10. Making exercise competitive is about the quickest way to make me uninterested! I think it stems back to the absolute dread and terror I felt before every cross country race in high school.

  11. I get pretty competetive, even about stupid things, which can definitely sometimes be a bad trait. I also get extremely competetive with myself, and that can lead to me really hard on myself sometimes. Sometimes I need to chill out!

  12. I’m super competitive and I think it has to do with growing up with three brothers. I pretty much fought on a daily basis with them for seconds at the dinner table, and we played all sorts of games and sports together growing up. I don’t find myself being competitive at crossfit with others that much but I do put a lot of pressure on myself so in that sense it has brought out my competitive side.

  13. I would say I have always been more competitive with myself than with others. I set the bar high for myself in academics, athletics and life in general. This can be both good and bad! I actually think the older I get, the more I push myself to take chances and work harder.

  14. I’m very competitive! My b-friend and I have a healthy level of competitiveness between us when it comes to athletics. We love to race on the track and up the rock climbing wall at an annual 4th of July party. I’m 2 for 2 on the wall 🙂

  15. I never thought I was until I started running races and now I am for sure. I make it my mission when I see people ahead of me to pass them, especially if I think they could be in my category!

  16. Hmm good question! I think I’m most competitive with myself. In terms of racing, I decided after a jammed-packed cross country season that I really didn’t care about how I placed amongst the others, because it was more my own personal times that I wanted to beat.

  17. If I get more competitive with myself over next two and a half decades, until I hit 50, I’m going to be a complete animal come middle age!! I’m like you Tina, a little competitive with others, but always pretty darn competitive with myself. It’s one of my favorite and least favorite traits about myself. It can push you to do things you never thought you could do (run a half marathon! do 96 burpees in 7 minutes!!) but it can also make you feel bad about yourself (last week I did a 25 minute 5k, why this week does that seem completely unattainable??). Ultimately competitiveness is one of those things that’s truly best in moderation.

    Congrats on your 96 burpees in 7 minutes! I think that’s awesome.

  18. I’m one of those people who is mainly competitive with just myself! I’m a little competitive about running. Thanks for posting about the burpee challenge. I gave it a try myself yesterday and cranked out 56. I’m not used to doing that intense type of burpees so I know I can do better. Yep. Being competitive with myself!

  19. I’m probably one of the most competitive people I know! More so with myself than against others but I think that’s mostly b/c I don’t have the chance to compete against others as much at this point in my life. When I played soccer growing up, I was definitely competitive and aggressive in the field (fastest yellow card in history at my high school still…ha!) I could see how crossfit is the best of both worlds b/c you get to compete against your own fitness and goals but then you’re also working out with others doing the same exercises so there’s a bit of fun competition in that too.

  20. That is awesome that you are competing in the CrossFit Games Open! It really is a cool event. I find myself to be pretty competitive. I know last year when I did the Open I did some workouts 2 or 3 times just because my friends had done a little better than me.

    With CrossFit I am mainly competitive with myself, because no matter how hard you push yourself, your best may just be somebody’s worst. Blair Morrison says this a lot. He prepares as much as he can, but when it comes down to the CrossFit Games he has prepared all he can, which makes his placement almost predetermined.

    Oh, and 96!! That is awesome!!

  21. Oh man, I’m so competitive it isn’t funny. I wish I wasn’t sometimes because it’s hard mentally, but I can’t help myself. I also can’t help myself from drooling over that darn pancake of yours. 🙂 Have a great day!

  22. Was just thinking about this yesterday! I am not at all athletic and do not consider myself a competitor who needs to win. But then I realized after talking w Brendan Brazier how much athletes and actors have in common. It’s really not about winning its the experience getting there. So I guess in some ways I’m a fighter.

  23. I am so competitive! I played soccer my whole life and ran track in middle school and high school so competition has always been present for me. I am competitive with others when it comes to sports and I am competitive with myself when it comes to running!

  24. I’m always up for some friendly competition, but I know when to back down. A good friend of mine, on the other hand, is insane when it comes to competition. It doesn’t matter if you’re on her team or the other team, she’s screaming like a banshee the whole time lol.

  25. I am super competitive but I attribute that to growing up with sports. I mostly compete with myself and secretly try to compete with others. If a friend runs a race, I secretly make sure I can beat the time, but I never tell them 🙂 Sneaky sneaky

  26. Mal’s comment about you on the box’s website was awesome! Love it! I’m definitely competitive. Especially with myself. I also am pretty competitive when it comes to games like Words with Friends. lol.

  27. oh gosh my husband and i are both ultra-competitive. we competed in an amazing race on our last cruise we took, which was supposed to be a fun way to see the island and get to know others….nope it turned into like a speed racer activity where we had to come in first. haha sometimes i think this is something i really need to work on, but other times i feel like the quality can be quite productive. i guess as with all things, we need to find that balance 🙂

  28. I am a very competitive person! My parents used to laugh that I was the worst loser ever in board games as a child. I’ve been trying to work on being less competitive as I’ve gotten older actually, but I think that competing with yourself is a great motivator in exercise.

  29. I hate to admit it, but I think I’m super competitive! Enough so that ever since you posted your burpee challenge scores I’ve been wanting to try it myself and see how I stack up! Haha! 🙂

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