Get Comfortable Being (Your) Uncomfortable
Yes, I'm sure this isn't the first time you've heard this and it most likely won't be the last. While it may seem annoying to some people, don't you think there might be a reason you see the same quotes from the same people, over and over again?
There is a reason: it works. No growth EVER occurs when you are in your comfort zone.
This is where it begins to get foggy from one person to another, however. As in weight training, college classes or in your everyday profession, no one is in exactly the same place personally or socially. All of our previous actions have led us to this very moment, so when you hear people talk about getting comfortable being uncomfortable, it's important to realize it is all relative. My uncomfortable is different from the other guys I train with, my uncomfortable is different from my parents, different from classmates or friends. That is what makes it a challenge but yet very fun to push these boundaries to see how far your body and more importantly your mind will let you go. I am writing this today because of my experience at the gym this morning and I hope it can get you thinking about what your boundaries are inside and more importantly outside of the gym.
This morning was my first day back at Old School Gym after about 2 weeks at home for Christmas break. My workouts at home were good, intense and fun because I got to train with my brother and some old friends. But getting back into the 4am atmosphere with a group of guys who are stronger than me always pushes me. We started out with working up to a 1 rep max on a walk-out high bar back squat. Not bad. Then we had the volume work and I knew I was in for it after the first set. I could feel that pit of the stomach feeling after each set in addition to light-headedness, shakiness, dizziness and nausea. Obviously if you have certain health conditions and such, I don't recommend this is something you should be feeling on a regular basis. (I have had past issues with my heart, so I know what I need to look out for personally). But I kept feeling worse and worse as the supersets wore on. But I couldn't stop, I knew I had to keep going, to push my body and mind past what I had done in the past. I also have a great crew to train with to push me as well.
Once I was done, I gradually felt worse and had to step outside at one point to regroup. I had completed a tough workout with intensity that I hadn't felt in a good while. I got in my car and drove about two miles down the road and my head started to go numb, my body got hot and my mouth started watering (we all know that feeling). I pulled over on a side road and threw up what I felt like every Christmas cookie I had eaten the previous two weeks. Was I uncomfortable at the time? Yes, was it enjoyable at the time? Not exactly. But when I got back into my car and continued my commute back to Athens I felt good. Not that post-puke good, but the good where you know you didn't quit when things got hard, or felt a little sick. It is a liberating feeling knowing that you are in complete control of your progress.
So when it gets hard and you want to quit, push a little harder and keep going. No one can tell you where your breaking point is, that is only for you to discover and dominate. But when you do find that point where you know you can go no more, accept that you have given your best effort and don't be content. Find that point the next day and get better. I guarantee you won't regret it.
-Heal By Moving-