I hate my workouts.
|Do I look happy?|
Why do I hate my workouts? Simple. They're hard. Terribly hard. Every time I pick up a weight I'm forced to push past where I'm used to going, past where I think I can go, past exhaustion. I usually cry 2-3 times a workout, yell at Kyle 1-2 times, and curl up in a ball and try to hide once. Yeah, I'm embarrassing.
Two minutes after my workout is done I'm happier and within 20 minutes I feel like I've conquered the world.
I love every part of my runs. My slow warm-up, those excited first miles, and the agonizing push of the last mile of a long run. When I finish a run I am filled with pride.
So why don't I feel the same way when I strength train?
One word: failure.
To effectively strength train you have to push to failure. Kyle pushes me to the point where I literally cannot lift the weight again. And when I get there, he'll help me grit through a few more reps and then when I don't think I can walk another step he'll push me to the next exercise with minimal rest so I can fail all over again. It's the very definition of high intensity training.
|Nickname - The Punisher.|
In the gym, it's a different mentality. When you reach failure, it's success. I guess I just have to learn to love failing.
Here's our challenge to you: next time you're in the gym - push harder. When you think you can't do another rep - do two more. I hope you hate me for making you do that. I know you'll thank me later.
If you've reached a plateau in your fitness or weight loss journey, I honestly encourage you to think about how hard you push. Then push harder. Our bodies adapt to the "same old, same old" and that's why what we do works. It's not easy and it's not fun. But you weren't expecting that were you?
How do you push yourself in your strength workouts? Love it or hate it?
Love and exhaustion,
Carissa & Kyle