Endurance pain vs. Strength pain
The difference between the pain you feel when you lift and the pain you feel when you run, bike or row….
This difference is HUGE, but quite similar…actually.
Strength training pain…it’s deep, it hurts, and pushing through it is somewhat comfortable for lifters, heavy lifters.
Endurance or cardiovascular pain…it’s deep, it hurts and pushing through it is somewhat comfortable for runners, rowers, bikers, jumpers…
Putting it that way, you CAN see the similarities?
Are you willing to feel the oneness with your body in endurance as you do with strength?
Are you willing to feel the oneness with your body in heavy lifting as you do with cardio work or endurance training?
It's definitely possible, but it takes time, determination, patience, hard work, and self-motivation. It’s one of the toughest blocks to break through…for all of us, depending on which pain we are more comfortable with; the shift isn’t easy.
Believe it or not, it’s 99% mental, wow, a surprise, but the truth! How do you conquer the fear, which it is, of the different and new painful feelings in your body? Is it easy, not really. It takes time, time doing the exercises, time following your coach’s guidance and making sure you leave your comfort zone on a regular basis...at your own pace.
The mental part takes work and sometimes deep thoughts to get you out of your head and into your body. Just saying quietly to yourself “yes, I can”, right before you do that move you fear, that move that hurts different than the comfortable workout movement. You see, there is a pain threshold when you lift, run, jump, etc. But, every “body” is different, with different scales to measure. You have to work with you to make the change, adjust your pain tolerance and your belief in yourself.
It’s a collective between mind and body. But, only you can do the inner work, clear the block and make the shift. I say, go for it...one step at a time, one workout at a time, one run, one lift at a time.
Carolyn “CJ” Silas