We all have our comfort zones. A specific modality we love. Lifting Heavy, Running, Bodyweight movements. Sometimes we get stuck in our comfort zones and don’t want to get out. Like a warm comfy bed on a cold winter morning, we’ll get up and out later. But for right now, I’m just gonna stay here. Comfy, Cozy and Happy. As nice as that is, we can’t live there, we’ve got to get up and get out of that Comfort Zone.
With Training, it can be much easier to stay within your comfort zone. You avoid the things you don’t like, skip the days you see your least favorite exercises. Do a quick “workout” with all your fav’s. You might keep the same weight on your bar for months on end, never changing it because…you’re stuck in your Comfort Zone. Movements are challenging. Weights feel heavy. Distance seems impossible. No time for mobility. You stay in the realm of things you are good at, the things you like, the things you are comfortable with. Never pushing the limits or sitting on the edge wondering whats on the other side.
until someone pushes you…
It might be a friend or co-worker. It might be a coach or competitor. It could even be your sibling or spouse. Someone is going to push you outside of your comfort zone. But what you do once you’re there is going to be completely up to you. Run back to the warmth of your bed or Walk around a little bit and get comfortable with a NEW zone. CrossFit exposes you to that New Zone, but what you do with it is always up to you. It is often uncomfortable at first, but as we say, “Get Comfortable with being UnComfortable.”
It’s common for our Comfort Zone to only contain things we are good at. Most of us don’t like sucking at something and will try to avoid it if at all possible. And me, I’m a little off ,when I’m not good at something the two rocks in my head start knocking together and I practice it until I’m get good at it. Now, one of the great things about training is that you can do the things you love WHILE you work on your weaknesses. You can see, feel, experience improvements as you progress in your training. Your strengths improve and your weaknesses become new strengths. Your WOD times get faster, Your 1 RM’s go up, and you routinely rock out Handstands for your spouse.
Many of us have spent quite some time creating our Comfort Zone and like the cold floor when you first wake up, it can be a little shocking when you first get out of that Comfort Zone. But as you soak in the warmth of the suns rays and you experience the day with your family and friends you forget about the initial shock of the cold floor and it makes you glad that you decided to getting out of that comfy bed this morning.
Train Hard. Live Easy.