How to fight through the pain of a workout
As an Athlete, training should not be a walk in the park. Unless it’s recovery day. You’ll get to a point in your workout where you’ll have to dig deep to get the work done. This is a critical point in your workout. This is the point where you’re going to adapt: get stronger and fitter and ready to progress to the Next Level. How can we ensure that we make it through to the other side? Here are 4 key tips.
1) Train with a brother
It’s amazing what the power of a training partner can do. If you’ve ever worked out with other like-minded athletes, you know that you perform better and are pushed to your limits. Why does this happen? The “Chameleon Effect” explains this. A study showed that even when strangers work together on a task, they begin to mimic each others postures and movements. This began to happen after just 15 minutes of being in each other’s company. Make sure you pick your workout buddy wisely. In the Brotherhood Training Club, we ensure that everyone is of like minds, by ensuring they adhere to the Code.
2) Learn to Focus
Focus, is the ability to remove distraction and to be entirely present with your activity or movement. This helps you enter into the state of flow needed to ensure that you can perform to your optimum. Distractions will occur when you’re training. Whether it’s voices of self doubt, or other numpties taking selfies in the gym. Do not get distracted. Get into the moment. Keep your mind clear and become one with your exercise. We recommend downloading the Headspace app to develop your mental strength and ability to focus.
3) Recognise fatigue
Interesting research has been carried out on Fatigue. It is now accepted that fatigue is an over-protective feed forward mechanism. It is not feeding back what your capable of. It is limiting you from ascending to the next level. Now that you know this, you need to know what you’re doing when fatiguing, so you can trick your brain that everything is ok and you can keep pushing yourself. Grimacing? Stop grimacing, relax your face. Noticing that you’re breathing quickly and uncontrollably? Regain control of your breath. You have more left in the tank than you think
4) Fuel Up Correctly
Most exercise an athlete performs will be at very high intensities. At very high intensities, the body prefers to burn carbohydrates for energy. Make sure that prior to an intense exercise session, where you need to get to the intensities needed to adapt, you’re fuelled up with carbohydrates.
Other than that, you may need the assistance of ergogenic substances- substances that enhance physical performance. Caffeine and dietary nitrates are 2 such examples. We recommend you take these in a natural form. For example, drink and espresso. Eat beetroot for dietary nitrates. Or take Motion Nutrition’s organic pre-workout. These ensure that you can train longer and harder and fight through the ‘pain’ of the workout.
These are valuable tips for fighting through the pain of a workout. Do you have any tips for taking yourself to the Next Level? If so, let us know.
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