If you have done a session with me, there is a high chance you have heard me tell you to “get comfortable being uncomfortable” but what do I mean and why is it so important to do, in order to achieve success in your fitness journey. Everyone that steps into our studio has a goal; be that to get fitter, stronger, leaner, faster, healthier or just plain old happier. No matter your goal, you have one thing in common, they all require a level of discomfort.
In order to get fitter or stronger, you need to put your body under progressively increased physical “stress” or what we like to call in the biz…“challenge”. When you attend a session you have a choice, you can work at a level you are comfortable at or you can go a little beyond that.
If you choose to go at a comfortable level, your body will send messages to you brain saying “hey it’s cool bro, no need to grow any more muscle today, or work those heart and lungs any harder, we’ve got this!” and your body will stay the same.
When you go past your point of comfort, you body will send messages to your brain saying “shit homie, it’s about to get real. We need to step up our game so we can handle ourselves better next time!” and then your body gets to work at repairing and rebuilding your body to be stronger and fitter.
That’s the long and short of it. You need to scare your brain a little in order for it to create positive change. In the reverse, if you stop training, that is your bodies way of regressing, as you don’t need all that muscle any more if you are hitting the literal Netflix and Chill more than the gym.
So what does this mean in practice? So, let’s break it down. You’re hitting a Kate Engine Room session. You know she’s going to make you do 150,000 Landmine Goblet Squats and you have two choices. Choice A, Lift what you did last week, and it’ll burn a little but you’ll handle that 60 seconds like a boss. Or, Choice B, add an extra 2.5kg plate and probably have to put down your landmine for a few seconds and have a word with yourself. What’s the best option? Well I guess it depends on your goal. Are you happy where you are at or do you want to get better? If it is the latter, you would be far better lifting marginally heavier and accepting there may be a few failure’s along the way.
“Get comfortable getting uncomfortable or get comfortable staying the same!”
In the studio, we often see people grabbing MUCH smaller dumbbells than our guidelines, saying that “I’m not strong enough” for the dumbbells. I’m going to shoot from the hip…that’s kind of the point. We don’t want you breeze through the session. If you have to shake it off mid-minute, that is a great sign. Its a sign to us that you are, right that second, cultivating results for yourself. If you hit every sprint with ease, and don’t falter once, you have more in you baby! You have to shoot a little higher. Lift a little heavier. Training is not supposed to be easy. It’s bloody hard. Accept it, brace yourself and just go for it.
Ultimately, we want you to reach your goals. We actually give A.F. about them but you have to trust our process a little and walk with us. The most incredible programming in the world, will not yield results without a little willing and courage. Whats the worst thing that could happen if you take your sprint speed from 14.0 to 15.0? You have to recover 5 seconds early? Trust me when I say, shoot for that a couple more times and you’ll soon be finding 15.0 breezy. The body is an incredible machine, if you give it an opportunity to be!
So what next?
Next time you’re in the studio, trust yourself a little more. Grab two sets of dumbbells, one set you are comfortable with and one set heavier. Always start on the heavier and then you have the lighter set in the side lines if it is too much. Chances are, you won’t need them. When you Run, add a little something to your speed. If you always run on a ten, why not try an eleven next session. You might surprise yourself. You probably will!
Bye-bye comfort zone, hello results!