Progress hurts

I’ve been full go towards the 2012 CrossFit Open for a little over a month now, and as I get closer the weights are getting heavier, movements are getting more complicated and recovery is becoming more important.  Having spent so much time on the side lines I’ve forgotten how much it hurts to make progress.  And the crazy part is that it’s a pain that I’ve missed.

It seems that only crossfitters understand that pain is progress, and that soreness you feel everytime you roll over during the night is an exciting thing.

One of my teens is the greatest example of embracing this.  He’s tried every sport, and nothing has excited him until Crossfit that is.  He was soooooo sore after his first class that he didn’t want to come back.  Of course, his mom made him come back, and our conversation before warmup was all about his soreness.  I told him “when you’re sore, it’s weakness leaving your body so that there’s room for strong muscle.”

It’s all he talked about for a week.  He even called his mom out on being sore by telling her it was weakness leaving the body. I keep that in mind when I’m warming up and all I want to do is ice down, that it’s just weakness leaving the body. If it works for an 11 year old, it has to work for me.

6 thoughts on “Progress hurts

  1. How do you feel about this now that you’re injured and unable to do stuff?

    After all, if pain is “weakness leaving the body,” and you can’t get any weaker than being unable to participate at all, then the pain of injury is weakness… um, returning to the body?… hmmm, something is a problem here.

  2. There are all different types of “pain” some good, some not so good. Our clients rely on us to know and educate them about the difference. Some pain CANNOT be ignored and viewed solely as progress. As far as “weakness leaving the body;” it’s a cute phase used by Marines, but probably not a good idea to use with the general population, especially younger teens. Their reduced higher cognitive functioning due to development, might take that literally. I mean, at 12, I thought that when you gave your right arm for something, it literally meant that you cut off your right arm. Working with adolescents is a whole different ball game…choose your words carefully…

  3. Kate, Sorry to hear you got hurt,,love your enthusiasm.
    I think you are way wrong. Pain is not progress, pain is pain & it is something
    that should be avoided. As trainers we need to educate our clients. Not create pain.

  4. Melanie – I couldn’t agree more….There are two kinds of pain…progress and PAIN. I don’t push anyone through pain. It’s always more important to listen to your body over pushing through pain. But when explaining to a 12 year old whos been put down by all previous coaches in a variety of sports that he’s feeling pain because he’s getting stronger I’m ok with that. Not everything I say on my blog is 100% literal and there’s usually more to it than is posted.

  5. Chip – It’s a saying…. not an iron clad principle to live by. Clients are going to have soreness/pain, it’s a reality. I always talk about the pain their having before they workout to clarify if its sore muscles or something bigger.

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