Are you pushing yourself to the limit?

Are you pushing yourself to the limit? This is a question I always ask myself when training. This might not be true, but my theory is that it is possible to train for shorter amount of time but with super high intensity and that will be more time efficient than doing a session twice as long but with half the intensity.

I usually do 2-3 sessions a day. Most people think that it equals to 2-3 hours of training. Not for me. My own sessions are usually 35-45 minutes long, except if it’s a play session. My play sessions are around 90 minutes long because I just surf waves and stoppers which doesn’t take a lot of energy. This is just my theory. But don’t get me wrong, these sessions are on another level of intensity. My sessions are full of pain and sweat.

Very recently I have learned how to push through the pain barrier. Or should I say, a pain barrier that the brain creates. Here is how I learned to do this:

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The 40% rule

When your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done. And he had a motto: If it doesn’t suck we don’t do it. And that was his way of forcing us to get uncomfortable to figure out what our baseline was and what our comfort level was and just turning it upside-down. The 40% rule, the SEAL explained, is the reason why even though most people hit a wall at mile 16 during a marathon, they’re still able to finish.

A SEAL wrote about experiencing the 40% rule the very first day that the SEAL moved in with him.

“The first day that “SEAL” came to live with me he asked me to do — he said how many pull-ups can you do?

I did about eight.

And he said all right. Take 30 seconds and do it again. So 30 seconds later I got up on the bar and I did six, struggling. And he said all right, one more time. We waited 30 seconds and I barely got three or four and I was done. I mean couldn’t move my arms done. And he said all right. We’re not leaving here until you do 100 more. And I thought there’s no — well we’re going to be here for quite a long time because there’s no way that I could do 100. But I ended up doing it one at a time and he showed me, proved to me right there that there was so much more, we’re all capable of so much more than we think we are. And it was just a great lesson.”


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