Most kettlebell competitors have one lift they like and are better at than the other. I prefer kettlebell snatches over kettlebell jerks, because for some reason kettlebell jerks are really hard for me. As I finished my workout (lots of kettlebell jerks) this morning, I had what I’ll call a “recurring epiphany”, which boiled down to “this stuff is hard!!” A realization I have most every workout. But if it’s not hard will I improve the way I want to? To reach any fitness or performance goal, we have to probe the depths of discomfort, something most of us just don’t like to do. We have to push to the level of discomfort for our body to want to make a change, like shedding weight, increasing muscle, learning new movements and improving performance.
Everyone has their own level of discomfort and the more you push to that place the more you’ll be able to handle and the more you’ll improve. This doesn’t mean that we should just go crazy hard after every workout every day. We need to probe those depths of discomfort with diligence rather than just heading to the bottom!
So for 2011 let’s wisely push the level of discomfort and see how much better we can get!