Wednesday, October 14

You may have heard the phrase “Get comfortable being uncomfortable” in the gym a few times. There’s a benefit to pushing your body to an uncomfortable place. We want to overload the body to force it to adapt – to get stronger, to get faster, to improve conditioning. None of these changes will happen if you are always in a comfortable range.

Interestingly, now it seems like society has adopted the word “uncomfortable” to represent anything it doesn’t like. We are all worried about saying I don’t like this thing or that person and causing needless offense. Saying “I’m uncomfortable with that” allows us to show dislike without hurting anyone’s feelings.

The problem, as I see it, is that it elevates comfort — not truth, not efficiency, not what’s optimal or best — to our highest aspiration. We become used to being comfortable, and this works for a while … until someone is willing to say or do the very thing that has not been said or done, usually someone who cares not at all for other people’s comfort.

The quote above is from an NPR story called What Makes Us Uncomfortable Might Be Just What We Need. I agree with the author who also says, “What might happen if, instead of demanding comfort for ourselves when we face our biggest problems, we accepted the discomfort as the price of living in a dynamic but complex world. What would that look like?”

The same concept can be applied in the gym as in real life. I think that is the beauty of CrossFit. Pushing yourself to an uncomfortable place in the gym will make you ready for anything in real life. I find that uncomfortable situations outside of the box seem much less daunting on days when I have done a really hard workout. And, like in the quote above, a lot of truth can be revealed when we’re in that uncomfortable place. Truth, efficiency, and what is optimal or best will take a higher place in our list of priorities once we aren’t worried about being comfortable.

So, let’s get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Listen to the full story here:

Workout for Wednesday, October 14
12 min to test Max Effort Sets of:
Pull Ups (kipping) or Ring Rows (bottom of rings at fingertips, feet directly under rings)
Unbroken Wall Balls (20 to 10’/14 to 9′)
Unbroken Double Unders
*Can be done in order of choice. Record Results!!!!*

For Each Movement: Every 30 sec for 4 min complete 7 reps
Wall Balls
Pull Ups
Push Ups