Mind over Matter , if you don’t mind it don’t matter
We had a few sayings about being uncomfortable.
“Mind over Matter, if you don’t mind it don’t matter”
“You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.”
“You can suck it up and survive, or quit and die, and dieing is easier.”
“By failing to do (whatever) you have just killed your best friend”
“God forgives, the brotherhood doesn’t”
“The good thing about pain is it reminds you that you are alive.”
I personally like, “ pull up your big girl panties and suck it the fuck up!”
They all come down to doing it when you don’t want to or don’t think you can. The first two and my favorite are the only ones really pertinent to a civilian unless children are involved and then with slight modifications they all apply to you.
There are a bunch of things that cause discomfort when you are training and they suck. Even though they suck they are important. They allow you to get more fit, they allow to see the difference between discomfort and damage. Training increases your pain threshold and allows you to thrive more easily. It moves you from being a princess to human. When people bitch because they have a blister or they cant breathe, or they feel that acidic burn in their chest I am pleased. It means that they are getting mentally stronger. If they complain because, or don’t complain, because their back hurts I care. There is a difference between injury and damage pain compared to awwwww you scraped your knee and you don’t want to do something.
By pushing your comfort zone of what you can handle makes you and your body more resilient. By pushing damage you get less resilient. The line looks blurry but in truth it is pretty obvious. If it feels uncomfortable and you want to cry, shout, scram, bite and or lay down hide and suck your thumb push harder. If it feels like you are ripping apart back off. You intrinsically know the difference.
The long and short of this is push, be uncomfortable and hurt a little. If it hurts because something is ripping then stop or back off.
A friend said when she first started deadlifting she felt as though she would pop. This was because she didn’t know where her pelvic floor was. She found it and the tension needed to use it/protect it and it has helped her move better and more gracefully. Find tension, thrive in that tension. There has to be balance. Our society wants everything to feel good. It is hard to feel good about everything so we get lazy. A glass of cool water is one of the most glorious tasting beverages on the planet after running 40 yds, 10 kettlebell high swings with 1/3 of your bodyweight and 10 chest to ground burpees, for 7 min in 100 degree heat. Since we as a country are so lazy and comfortable we think water is dull and boring. Try drinking something else after that. This laziness has made us stupid, fat, sick, boring and needy.
There has to be balance. Push yourself hard and relax well. The harder you push yourself and the more uncomfortable you get (smartly) the more relaxing and precious is the self pampering.
check this out copy and post this into your browser. This is a woman lifting 370# http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_Laura370dl.mov