Comfort in discomfort

April 25, 2021

Today, I increased my weights by ten pounds. I moved the peg a notch, gripping my hands on the pulley and gave it my all. You see, I had rested myself on the previous weight stack for quite some time. In fact, I had not even realized how long I was there, until the thought dawned on me that it was time to take it up a level.

It was not easy. Perhaps because my body was so used to feeling comfortable with where I was at. I was there for such a long time, that I became so used to it. Plain and simply, I became familiar with the ease of the exercise. I knew what to expect. I knew I could handle it and did not see a reason to do anything more, than just that. I had a nudging however, that wanted me to level up.

Today was different, as I realized that if I want better results, stronger muscles, a more defined physique, it will require me to up it every now and then. The truth of the matter is that the body becomes accustomed to repetition of the familiar. This is where you will see the plateau. There is no challenge. No ripping apart the muscles in order to rebuild into something bigger and stronger. There is a comfortable flow with this training where it becomes easy. Easy to settle in, and stay right there. Until the day you realize that doing this the same, day in and day out weight training routine, only produces the same results. Today, I realized this. I took the bait of the nudging pulling at me and added the weight. I felt the pain. I felt the discomfort from switching things up and giving my muscles reason to feel weary and broken. For anyone familiar with routine exercise, knows this fragile state does not last. This is necessary for muscle growth, stamina and increasing endurance. You have to go through the pain of pushing yourself to that next level. The muscles need to rip a little, in order to rebuild themselves stronger. It is just the way it is and there is no other way to do this, other than to feel the pain.

Finding comfort in the discomfort is what I call it. Settling yourself

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