Is Pain Really Gain?

Posted on November 24, 2015
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Continuing on the theme of happiness and health that our last blog post focused on, we’d like to introduce you to a great post by Adam Bornstein on why workouts shouldn’t be miserable. So why is pain a gain?

Should my workout kick my ass?

He asks the big question that we are sometimes afraid to ask: Should my workout kick my ass?  Here’s a short excerpt from the article:

It’s a funny irony that while we want everything else in our lives to be easier, we expect our workouts to be absolute torture. Listen to people talk about their personal trainers and watch their eyes light up when they say, “our last workout kicked my ass!” Meanwhile, TV shows like The Biggest Loser advertise by showing people on all fours, crying and pleading to make the workout stop so they can catch their breaths. There are even best-selling workout DVDs with names like Insanity, promising to deliver the toughest routine you’ve ever tried.

He says that when it comes to how we all look at fitness, “The message is clear: to look good, you need to make yourself feel bad; you need to endure suffering.”

And then he busts the myth and says this isn’t true.

Your own choice

Fellow fitness buddies, remember that working out and being fit is essentially your own choice.  That being said, you choose how you want to do it.  Make the plan to reach your goals your own.  Create a realistic diet if you want to lose weight, don’t kick off a lifestyle change by starving yourself.  If you like lifting heavy weights, focus on the big guys: squats, deadlifts, and the bench press.  If you like short bursts, focus on sprints and find a hill you can charge up a few times.  If you need someone cheering you on, buddy up.  If you need someone pushing you on the sidelines, make sure they’re there.  If you don’t feel ready for something, give yourself another minute or two.  Challenge yourself, but don’t overdo it.  An injury is the last thing that anyone wants.

What we can do at Kokoda

At Kokoda, we’re here to push you to reach your goals.  However, that being said, we have different programs to fit your needs.  Enjoy working with a team and having group support?  We’ve got strength training classes here to help you build and maintain the level of muscle mass for your body type.  We also offer personal training to help you reach your goals specific to your body.  We’re here to get you to where you want to be.  We keep it positive here at Kokoda.  Workouts don’t have to be miserable.  We can be there for encouragement, instruction, and high fives, and still plan a workout tailored to kick your ass in a hurts-so-good kind of a way. (Sorry Bornstein, but sometimes the burn feels good.)

So, you’re the boss. Close your eyes, imagine the dream workout. Got it?  Good. Now get it done!