Comfortable? Lemme fix that… (Fri 6/25/10)

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got and you’ll always feel what you’ve always felt. It’s a cute little cliche and certainly isn’t anything I can take credit for, but I’ll be more than happy to explain how it applies in the gym. I’ll leave it up to you to apply it in the rest of your life…

In the gym we do lots of things that you do everyday – you get down and back up, pick stuff up, put stuff up over your head, etc. But unlike the stuff you do every day, we’re going to push your limits of your abilities each time by adding weight to the load you’re lifting, adding reps to the workload, or purposely combining movements in such a way as to be so confusing (both to your brain and your body) that stopping to think about what you’re doing means stopping what you’re doing.

Since I didn’t get a chance to work with all of you from the time you first started to perform functional movements on purpose, you’ve all developed horribly inefficient habits and movement patterns that feel perfectly normal to you. It is my job as the coach to rob you of what you know as comfortable and re-educate your body to move efficiently. And no, “comfortable” and “efficient” are not the same thing.

So back to that cute little cliche that started this soapbox rant in the first place, the point is that if you’re doing a new movement (or one I’ve been desperately trying to get you to fix), if it feels right, then you’re doing it wrong. You have to step outside your comfort zone and let yourself be taught something new. This means that it will feel weird, wrong, and uncomfortable, and that’s a good thing.

My job as coach is to show you the right way (a.k.a. safest, most effective and most efficient way) to perform the movements and to hammer better movement into your soul so it’s a natural part of everything you do; your job as student is to follow directions so that your natural and instinctual movement becomes “efficient” and not “comfortable”. Just remember that if it feels wrong, you’re probably doing great, because doing something the same way over and over doesn’t make anyone better at anything.

Friday WOD:

5 Rounds for time of:

400m Run
20 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)
30 Pushups
40 Double-Unders

  • Oliver


  • fisher

    Very cool Kevin!

  • Brian

    can you do it with your left?