There have been many posts of mine that I have mentioned that it’s important that you push beyond your comfort zone if you want to be successful in getting ripped. It doesn’t matter if you’re using P90X, Insanity, or working out in the gym, if you don’t understand how to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will never get the kind of results that you had hoped for. It separates the people who get good results from the people who get outstanding results! However, I have found out that most people don’t really understands what this means! If you go through a workout and think to yourself, “Man, I could have really done better than that,” or “That wasn’t so hard,” then you don’t understand and aren’t pushing yourself enough. So how do you push yourself beyond your comfort zone?
Tony Horton talks about it quite often in his videos, and says that most people quit when they start feeling a burn or pain. When I say that you need to push beyond their comfort zone, that means that you need to test yourself, and see how many reps you can actually do or how high of intensity you can push youself. For example, during cardio workouts, most people take a break and pause it when they need to catch their breath, but not me. If I’m out of breath, I don’t care, and will never pause it or take a break until Tony does. Plus, I try to compete with Tony, and if he mentions that his HR is at 155, I make sure mine’s at 165 or 170. I know that I’m going to burn more calories and get into better shape if I work out at a higher intensity and really push myself.
The same goes for push-ups or pull-ups. Whenever my mind tells me I can only do one more rep, I ignore it and push for 3 or 4 more, and then when I literally can’t get one more rep, I take a 10 second break and bust out 3-4 more. That’s just how I am! I’m not the type of person who settles for “average” because that doesn’t appeal to me. Why would I want to be average when I could be “superior?” That’s the exact same mentality that you have to have if you want to be successful in getting into excellent shape. Every single one of you that start P90X, Insanity, Chalean Extreme, One on One, or any other Beachbody program do it because you want to get those 6 pack abs or a sexy, toned stomach, but many of your don’t understand that there is some serious hard work involved if you want to be successful! You have to find that way to get beyond your own mental block so that you can take your fitness to the next level.
Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone is the key to success with programs like P90X and Insanity. Whether or not you do so is mental, and you just have to discover that way to push to keep going when your mind says to stop! Push yourself with each workout and you will find success!