Work Harder – Get Stronger

A friend posted this on my wall today. I love this quote! And yet, “It never gets easier” can sound intimidating and depressing in the wrong context. We want it to get easier, right? That means we’re getting more fit? Yes and No. “It never gets easier” means that as you adapt to your training, as you get stronger and have more endurance, your level of your workouts get harder. When you’re a beginner, or you’re unconditioned, even the most basic exercises might feel challenging. That’s ok – nowhere to go but up, baby! But suddenly, those basic exercises aren’t very challenging anymore. Your body adapted – YAY! But now, in order to continue progressing, you must change up your workout, and more than likely increase the difficulty. And therefore, the workouts are still challenging but you get stronger and can do harder exercises, lift more weight, do more reps, run longer, run faster, and jump higher. It’s such an awesome feeling! Stand tall, gaze over the horizon, hands on hips, and repeat after me: “This is Fit.” Pass me my superhero cape! I had been training a woman for about a year when she burst into tears during a training session. Shocked, I asked what was wrong. She said, “I just thought at some point it would get easier.” She had lost over 100lbs, had gotten MUCH stronger, could do FAR more complex and challenging exercises, but she thought that at some point she’d walk in and breeze through the workouts I planned for her. But….  the workouts I planned for her got progressively more difficult – to...