Let's get right to it, Leaderboarding can be insanely destructive to progress in training! Here are 3 reasons why I believe this:
I wanted to write on this topic because for years that's what I did and I see it far too often in athletes around me. Unfortunately, it can bring the worst out of you and doesn't allow you to get the most out of your hard working time in the gym.
It many times can leave you frustrated and create resentment toward the sport you are in or the people in your gym. The gym is a space to grow and intense leaderboarding largely stunts your growth... training is a space to get better for YOU!! Competitions are a much better place to bring out leaderboard watching but even then you may find it cause much more harm than good.
My suggestion is to focus on your game-plan, your daily training focus, your past performance and build yourself up from there.
The reality is many will still check leaderboards but can you at least change your perspective on what that set of data means?!
I challenge you to see and build your set of data points rather than compare to those around you!
"Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us."