The Comfort Zone

comfort-zoneI’ve been doing CrossFit for about 9 years, now. Sometimes, it’s easy to stay focused. Sometimes, I start to feel burnt out. When that happens, I have to take a look at my training to see what’s going on.

Often, the thing that happens is exactly what you see in the graphic above. We get stuck in our comfort zone. Pushing just hard enough to feel like we did something and avoiding movements we don’t like.

Here are a few ways to break out of this funk:

  1. Go back to your goals, and ask a coach how you can reach them. Want to master double unders? Try this video and practice every time you walk into the gym! (Here’s another good one)
  2. Go to a different class. Do you always come to the same class? Mix it up and try a different time. You might find that you push a little harder around people you don’t know as well.
  3. Go Heavy – Don’t get me wrong. I want you to stay within your abilities and be safe. BUT maybe you can go just a tad heavier on this workout. Maybe you’ll find that you can do it. Maybe it was just a mental barrier. My advice would be to build  your bar in a way that you can pull weight off if you need to.
  4. Go Light – We’re all guilty of going heavier than we need to for that coveted Rx. Every now and again, try using less weight than normal. This will allow you to increase the speed. Sometimes, as faster, lighter workout can be much harder than a slower, heavier workout.

Whatever you do, find some way to get out of your comfort zone from time to time. You may just find yourself reinvigorated.

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