CFG athlete Barb Edling shares her thoughts about breaking out of her comfort zone.
"When I was in high school, I attended a leadership course that talked about breaking away from the comfort zone. I remember the words, but they never really sunk into my mind. I would think I was pushing outside of the comfort zone; when in reality, I would get to a certain level and then “hang out” for a while in the comfortable stage, never pushing past that point.
This is what happens in workouts at CFG. I will push myself to the “I’m tired” point, but never past that. Never pushing for the extra rep or a few seconds less. Never pushing to try the women’s box jump or go for the smaller pull-up band. Never pushing into the really uncomfortable stage.
This past weekend I tried rock climbing for the first time in the mountains around Asheville, NC. I had major anxiety about climbing the rock because my feet wouldn’t be on the ground; I would have to trust someone on the other end of the rope; and I’m not a big fan of heights. I didn’t even remember why I signed up for the trip. Physically, CFG had me ready, but my mind wasn’t in the right place. Basically, the rock climbing was taking me completely outside of my comfort zone.
Eventually, I was able to push past my comfort level and climb the rock. I was amazed at what I achieved. Even though others on the trip climbed higher and faster, I achieved just as much as they did because I pushed past what I thought my limits were. I broke away from the comfort zone and it felt good.
Where do I go from here? I need to remember to push myself past what I think my limits are. I need to push for that extra rep. I need to not accept the “dot” next to my name. I need to break away from the comfort zone."
Thanks for sharing, Barb and keep breaking away.
55% x 5, 65% x 5, 75% x 5, 85% x 3, 95% x 1+
AMRAP in 12 minutes:
Complete as many rounds as possible in time remaining of:
12 Barbell Push Press (135)(85)
-Score is total Push Presses achieved