Reach a New Personal Best
How to Set a World Record
If you thought smashing records was a pastime reserved for Olympians, think again. Everyone can be the best at something. Whether this means shaving seconds off your mile, beating a coworker in pickup hoops, or reaching a goal that will go down in history, milestones keep us motivated and challenge us to do better.
“Although very few people are in a position to set world records, it really doesn’t matter,” says Charles Staley, strength and conditioning coach based in Phoenix, AZ, and author of Muscle Logic. “Setting a personal best is just as gratifying and probably far more relevant to you.” And if you really want your name in the books, there’s always a way to snag a few minutes of Guinness fame (see slide five). Find inspiration from these recent superlatives—and then find out how to beat your own PR.
Need more motivation? Get fired up by Andrew Wheating's quest for Olympic gold.