An important concept, to keep in mind, is that as experience increases, pain in the gym will decrease.
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. -Lance Armstrong
Overweight people on treadmills look at me like I’m insane. “How can he do that?” they think….
Little do they know I am getting a pleasant little exercise buzz from the endorphins, and actually getting a “high” or “rush” off my own adrenalin.
If consistency is on-point for long enough, things that seem impossibly painful at first, will gradually become habits, almost like brushing your teeth. Eventually, it gets to the point where the athlete is addicted to exercise, and doesn’t feel “right” in the head, if they go 24 hours, without extreme physical exertion and the resulting “exercise high.”
I have deffinitely exeperienced this myself. My HIIT routine originally was unimaginably painful. Now, I enjoy it, and feel refreshed afterwards. Sometimes I lose fat “by accident” even though I am already below 8%, because HIIT is just part of my daily routine, like showering.
1. Exercise is painful. Trainee uses avoidance and denial to avoid full exertion, and to skip workouts. (most “clients” are here)
2. Exercise is not really painful, but the trainee is not addicted to it, it doesn’t yet feel “good”. (most people researching exercise on the internet are here. “Gymrats”. The target audience of this blog.)
3. Full addiction to endorphins. The ATHLETE (no longer a “trainee” or “gymrat”) feels generally crappy without a daily workout. 2 a days are more common in this phase than days off. (Most people WRITING about exercise on the internet, posting pictures, and trying to make money off their knowledge are here).