The Pain Game


First, you have to embrace the fact that you will feel uncomfortable if you want the most out of your WODs. You will be gasping for breath and your muscles will burn and get tired.

Then, you also must understand that your body will be sending signals to your brain telling you that it is tired, hurting or suffering. You must decide how you want to perceive these signals. It’s likely that the more experience you have training, the better you will be at deciding when it’s a good idea to push on and when you need to pull back.

For today’s tip, I want to focus on the uncomfortable part of training (like burning muscles, fatigue and heavy breathing). This is different from a sprained ankle, or a huge rip in your hand (aka injury that is not worth pushing through in your daily WODs).

  • To be your best, you must first embrace the fact that the uncomfortable parts of training are necessary, and good for you. They are an integral part of you getting the most out of your body.
  • Then you can work on changing your thoughts. When you start feeling that burning feeling or pounding in your chest… smile and know that it’s a good thing. You are exactly where you should be.


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