I want to share with you something that has been causing amazing results as I have been implementing it in my own life as well as the lives of numerous people I have been training recently. I have been applying it in several different ways that we will talk about in the next week or so. The one I want to share with you today is regarding alleviating the negative connotation of a “burning sensation” during a challenging workout.
If you have ever trained at a high level of intensity or resumed a workout program after a hiatus or simply pushed yourself to expand your limits, you have probably experienced a feeling of burning, soreness, tightness or general discomfort. While this is usually regarded as a bad feeling, I would like to suggest that it is actually a good thing and a huge opportunity for success!
The moment where you feel short of breath, or like you could throw up or simply an intense burning sensation is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of the workout. That is the moment where you can really learn something new and cause a change in your body. Anyone can execute an exercise when they are totally fresh. However, when you are already fatigued, you have to find the most efficient way to do a task which means turning muscles on extremely powerfully…and making your body and mind do something that it has probably never done before.
This moment will be easy to identify. Aside from the aforementioned discomfort, this moment will probably be accompanied by a strong desire to quit and take a breather. IGNORE THAT VOICE. What I want you to do instead is to give yourself a replacement thought. Instead of “this is so hard and it burns!”, I want you to literally (and audibly) tell yourself “this feels good”. As simple as that sounds, it will have a massive effect on your perception of the difficulty.
Your brain can only focus on one thought at a time. It can switch thoughts extremely rapidly but it can literally only hold one thought at a time. So speaking a phrase that you associate with peace and joy and comfort brings those thoughts and feelings into your current situation (the current exercise). Then your body responds accordingly and stays relaxed rather than tensing up excessively. As you keep reminding yourself, you will find that it isn’t a trick but it ACTUALLY DOES FEEL GOOD. You might even start looking forward to that “breaking point” moment…the moment where you have to passionately choose to keep pressing in instead of backing off or quitting! Ok I am getting myself pumped up thinking about this haha. You are going to thoroughly enjoy this!
It is worth noting that I am not telling you to ignore actual pain. When something legitimately hurts (like severe joint pain), you need to figure out why that is happening and fix it. Usually this means you need to find the muscles that are not fully turning on and powerfully engage them. It is extremely important to be able to tell the difference between actual pain and an intense burning sensation. We will discuss this more in the future. But for now, remember that burning sensation is NOT going to hurt you…it is actually a good thing because it means muscles are working.
*If you are having a hard time telling the difference between pain and discomfort and want personalized help in your workouts, check out my Personalized Remote Coaching Program. What I do the most of in my training business is removing pain. I skype people all over the world to get them pain-free and strong!
So during your next hard workout, I want you to make the most of that “breaking point” in your training sessions. When you feel that intense discomfort, I want you to tell yourself something like:
- this feels so good
- I am getting so much stronger
- I am thoroughly enjoying this
You will be amazed how this changes your overall perception and makes your training more enjoyable. Comment below and let me know if you notice any changes. I would love to hear your progress. Keep learning something new and progressing everyday. You are strong and healthy!
Pushing my limits,