Overcoming My Mental Hurdle

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Gym Jones Women’s Foundation I

Week Two

The ingredients: Air Dyne, double kettlebell presses, goblet squats, burpees, sit-ups, push-ups, rowing, farmer’s carries, kettlebell swings.

The recipe: IWT (interval weight training)

This is a repeat of last week’s IWT workout, only this time there were more reps, longer interval times and shorter rest periods (of course.)

The magical and totally wonderful thing that happened is: even though it was harder than last week it was easier, know what I’m sayin’? I rowed faster, AirDyned longer, lifted more and it felt better than it did last time. I don’t know how to explain it, because it still hurt, but I didn’t mind the hurt as much. Or maybe a better way to state it is: I dealt with the discomfort in a better way.

A big part of the Gym Jones schtick is the mental side of physical exertion. Kind of like Mark Divine of SealFit, who says that we are all capable of 20 times more than we think we are. There is a certain mental aspect of, say, riding the AirDyne or rowing, where you reach a certain level of pain and you have to decide if you are going to give up or not. If you choose not to quit, you will realize that, yes it hurts, but you can endure it and it won’t get better, but neither will it get worse. Once you can overcome that mental hurdle many wonderful things are possible.

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