I grew up in a school where we competed for chairs as well. I thought it was extremely beneficial. It's an incentive to work harder, push for better embrasure and tighten up your breathing. I loved it! I think competition is healthy for kids. It forces them to set a benchmark and makes them want to achieve more. No different than us setting weight goals- how can you know how far to go if you haven't mapped the distance? I'm actually headed back to my highschool tomorrow for a "band" practice. My old music teacher is retiring in a couple weeks and they're gathering students past and present to play a piece he arranged 20 some odd years ago. i haven't picked up a barrie sax in 5 years but I'm expected to hold that section on my own. Fun! We'll see how it goes...
SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333, 2 Years: 245lbs
Current Weight as of December 4th, 2013: 239
Short Term Goal: Happy brain, figure out direction in life.
Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension, Better sleep, Be a 1x Shirt
Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses