Source: CrossFit Journal, Greg Glassman
Crossfitters go hard. In fact, crossfitters go very hard. Our gym floor’s daily sweat angels are proof of that. Why all the pain and suffering though? Because it’s cool? Nope. Because it’s fun? Maybe. Because it’s the latest fitness fad? Certainly not. Crossfitters’ number one reason for going hard is simple…results. We don’t have to, we want to.
High intensity workouts do things to the body that just aren’t possible at low to moderate intensities. Interested in burning fat? Intensity, not duration, is the key. Want to build/maintain lean muscle? Turn up the intensity. Studies show that nearly every health parameter out there is positively affected by a high intensity workout regimen. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong.
The graph above shows the dynamic/relationship between intensity, benefit, and comfort. As intensity increases so, too, does the benefit received. Here comes the huge asterisk though! With increased intensity/benefit comes a drastic decrease in comfort. Sometimes too much to bear (something we can all relate to). The ugly truth is that the more a workout sucks, the better it is for you. There is no way around it. Therefore, if you are looking for solid results, you must get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s the reason 30 minutes on the tread mill just isn’t cutting it.
Getting into shape is not easy. Then again, nothing worth doing ever comes easy. Do you think you’d care about attaining washboard abs if EVERYONE out there had them already? Not so much. What would the allure be? The fact that nobody has them is what increases their value. Why doesn’t anyone have them? Very few are willing to sacrifice comfort.
Make no mistake about it, I am no different than you. I get nervous about pushing myself beyond it’s limits. I get scared about the impending pain. By no means am I addicted to working out. Why do CrossFit then? I’m addicted to the feeling I get 5-10 minutes after I complete a workout. You know, the one after the exhaustion and burning has subsided. It’s a feeling of euphoria, accomplishment, and pride. That feeling, and the health benefits that come with pushing hard, make all of the pain and suffering totally worth it.
Be willing to give up around ten minutes of comfort 2-5 times a week for a lifetime of fitness and health. Many aren’t. Hit a workout as hard as you can every time. The one’s that do don’t see a WOD for the pain that it brings, but rather for the health/fitness it represents.
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