You may have heard someone ring the bell during strength portions of the workout, heck, you may have even used it before. But do you really know what it’s there for?
(And for those of you who haven’t heard it yet, I’m not talking a bicycle bell or a bell at the front desk of an office building. I’m talking about a big, gold bell with a clapper -that’s the official name for the hangy-down part, I Googled it.)
Some of you know exactly what it means when you hear that sound. Or maybe you’re thinking wait, a bell? Why the heck do we have a bell? When you hear it, know that it’s the sound of victory, of accomplishment, of personal pride. That my friends is the sound of a PR.
But it’s also much more…
Ringing the bell means you’ve broken a personal record in that moment, but it also means you’ve been working hard for weeks-months-years to better your best. Don’t cheapen that accomplishment by not ringing the bell at all or by barely tapping the clapper against the body of the bell. Ring. That. Bell. You’ve earned it. Whether it’s a 5lb PR or getting your first strict pull up, you have done something you haven’t before and that’s pretty amazing.
Celebrate the successes. Ring that bell hard when you hit a PR. It’s not just for the person ringing it, it’s also for the person who hears it.