The worst thing we can do to ourselves is get too comfortable. Despite my lack of philosophical insight or all-knowing wisdom, I speak based on experience.
We underestimate our capabilities and overestimate how ideal repetition seems to be. I doubt that anyone laying on their death bed would say, “I regret all those times I tried something new”. It is hard to look back on a year, month, or even a week, and feel like your feet are in the same place wearing down footprints in the ground. Our footprints should be spaced far and barely leaving a mark before the next one is planted.
Today, D and I worked out at a different gym. New faces, new equipment, completely different atmosphere, and most importantly- new people to race on the treadmills. Even though we are going from one gym to another gym, it allows enough fresh air and change of scenery to clear your mind. Because nothing clears your mind like body odor and the sound of weights crashing, am I right?
This was a great time in discomfort, just in a small scale, one day type way. Finding new things, trying new things, and accommodating this with strangers’ schedules are all things that should happen daily. I found it really surprising that even as a trainer, I was intimidated at times. Maybe it was because I spent a lot of time wandering to see where everything was or maybe it was because I was the only female not doing cardio. I ended up doing deadlifts just right in the middle of the gym since the racks were taken and I wasn’t sure where to go to be out of the way.
As a bonus, today was the first day I saw what happens when steroids go bad but that is a whole other story.
This is about more than just fitness.
I am itching to be uncomfortable.
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Done! I look forward to checking in and seeing your progress. Best of luck with your goals 🙂
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I completely agree with this post. I agree that we constantly have to change things up in the gym and even our personal life to really improve. I like your quote, “I am itching to be uncomfortable” because thats what it takes to really stand out and make progress. I don’t mind being the crazy guy on the treadmill sprinting at 12mph, if it means getting outside my comfort zone and making myself better. Like you said, its more than fitness; its a system for success.
Thanks for the positive feedback Jay, I love hearing from equally enthusiastic (crazy) people 🙂 🙂