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One of my Mixed Martial Arts clients is preparing for his first fight and part of his training preparation process includes some water workouts.
Sidebar: with some of my MMA clients who are over 32 years of age I like to prescribe “no impact workouts.” Some days are high impact, some low and some days “no impact.” The example of a “no impact” day is shawdow boxing, film analysis and a pool workout. Its a day where we “improve but don’t bruise.”
Soooooo, one of my clients, who was dealing with an injury needed a lot more “no impact” workouts so I created a water workout for him where he had to just tread water.
Here’s what he told me:
“Dr. Ferguson, I almost died. I can swim but I’m not comfortable in the water. Can we do something else.”
“I’m glad that you are uncomfortable. Waterwork is an acquired taste. Take the time to acquire it and get used to it. Just think about being caught in a guillotine or in the mount and you have to relax, think, and get out. Use this as an opportunity to get comfortable with discomfort. Just get tough ad just learn to get used to it.”
“But I think I might drown.”
“DrownING, is okay. DrownED is not okay. Make sure you are drowning when the life guard gets you and you haven’t drowned. LOL!”
We both laughed because he knows he wasn’t drowning and I knew it too.
With Being Uncomfortable
In the past 4 weeks I think I have been to 13 different schools providing motivational talks to the student athletes with the Navy SEALS AND THE LuBear marketing firm. It has been fantastic, draining and enlightening. (sidebar: I miss my wife and kids)
One of the common threads from all of the speeches and lessons provided was one of embracing discomfort.
Look, let’s be honest here.
Its tough to love something or someone that is hard to love.
It easy to love a beautiful person, but hard to love one that is an “eye challenge.”
Its easy to love chocolate cake and ice cream, but hard to love sprinting up a hill. And its easy to love a soft couch but hard to love the feeling of a rock in your shoe.
Discomfort sucks! But I don’t think that I can think of one noteworthy achievement that comes without it, but I can tell you what kills the achievement.
It is this…….
When you FOCUS on the discomfort instead of embracing it and accepting it as the toll to ride on the turnpike of success.
Simply put, don’t focus on the labor pain, focus on the baby..
So today’s lesson is clear.
Use it, apply it and EMBRACE it.
Dedicated to Your Improvement,
Rhadi Ferguson, PhD, CSCS
Master Trainer, Educator and Coach
P.S. I will open up the gates for the Ultra Private Exclusive 3 PERSON ONLY Seminar at my home in Boca on the 4th of April. Please act fast as my emails and blog posts reach thousands of people per day and there are only 3 spots.
P.P.S. My son Rufus’ birthday is on the 5th of April. My wife’s is on the 8th and mine is on the 3rd. April is a huge month for us. Its crazy over here