Today when I was in a lot of pain doing a leg circuit that included heavy Front Squats, Sumo Squats, Step Ups and Wall Sits, I kept on reminding myself that it was suppose to feel like this. My legs were suppose to burn. My muscles were suppose to be tired. I was suppose to be in pain.
It’s suppose to feel like this!!
Before you use this mantra, remember that there are different kinds of pain you may experience during exercise:
- Pain from effort that’s suppose to happen— when you are just so tired and you aren’t sure if you can push on anymore. This pain can be physical or mental but it’s the good pain that means your body is working hard.
- Pain where your body is telling you to stop before you do anymore damage because it maybe associated with an injury. If you are feeling and sharp, intense or chronic pain, stop what you are doing and focus on fixing that problem before continuing your workout.
Make sure you can tell between these two different kinds of pain or you’ll be forced to suspend training until you can nurse that injury. Mantras work so next time, try using one to push yourself even harder!