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Pushing Beyond Comfort

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!


  1. Wow – i was literally just about to send you an e-mail to ask you for a post about motivation actually DURING workouts…well-said!

  2. Billy /

    Man thats such a great post! Great way to get people motivated and its very true. I feel that when people read this it will make them want to push there self harder and get better results!

  3. Coach, thank you so much for this post. It came at the right time for me. Yesterdays workout I found myself settling for my last weeks numbers. Today you motivated me to push myself BEYOND MY CONFORT ZONE! NEXT LEVEL BABY! 🙂 THANKS!

  4. Don’t ever settle man! ALWAYS push beyond your comfort level!

  5. Glad you enjoyed it! I will keep putting up motivational posts!

  6. Awesome man! Glad it helped!

  7. Yo Coach,

    This post came at the right time too… I got 3 MORE DAYS till I reach my 90 Days!!! I have been so amazed with the results! I did notice that I was thinking how easy Plyo & Kenpo are now. So maybe I should try the ankle bands & wrist bands.

    How long should should I wait, before I start Round 2 of the X? During this round I really enjoyed running & mt. biking as a double workout. During the course of this I tweaked my left ankle. It’s not 100% better yet, and it’s going on 4 weeks now. I got x-rays and nothing is broken, (thank god)but I still can’t jog yet. What do u think? How many days should I chill? Or maybe just on the PLYO & KENPO…?

    San Jo Stuntrider

  8. Josh /

    I would let the ankle heal before jumping into the second round! Just take a break for a few days until you’re ready to go at it 100%!

  9. Angel /

    Hey josh i was wondering if its normal to struggle the first couple of weeks?

  10. Josh /

    Yes, it’s very normal! You’re going to be very sore as well.

  11. Dave /

    Great Post Josh! Halfway through the X now and upon reading this post, have realized that I am “Guilty” on some of these charges! Tomorrow is a new day! Thanks Again!

  12. Josh /

    Glad it helped man!

  13. Latoya /

    Thanks for this note!

  14. Latoya /

    Great Note!! I really needed that!

  15. Scale /

    great post. I have found after doing this over and over again….the comfort comes with burn. Like Stallone says…..pleasure and pain……they are not oppisites….they are neighbors seperated by a thin line. You need to work core muscle groups every day…..hard to keep them strong like they are meant to be. THe body wasnt designed to sit around. You will notice the more you push yourself….the more your body will crave it. I think that is what Tony is referring to in his “Love / Hate” comments all the time.

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