Friday, October 9, 2009

Good Advice...???

My swim coach sent us the following e-mail about trying to fake ourselves into feeling good when we are actually dying during a workout:


The goal of a "feel good" swim is to make the sensations you get on a hard set feel good, rather than bad. The idea of "feel good" is to experience the sensations you get when swimming hard in a new and non-threatening light.

When you think about it, the only thing that makes a hard set feel bad is when you think it "hurts." The sensations themselves can easily be interesting or even pleasant. When you perceive them as unpleasant, it is because you think they "hurt."

You feel them. They catch your attention. They can be intense. But they don't have to hurt or be experienced as painful if you label them otherwise and understand that there is no impending or actual biological damage. These sensations will signal biological growth through adaptation.

Experience the discomfort as something good. Make it a "feel-good" experience. Seek out these sensations. Make them happen. Notice them. Then, make a point to adapt to this new "feel-good" style in your swimming.

Wait...what? What if I am about to throw up in the pool? What if I tear a rotator cuff? What if I pass out when we're doing a set of no-breathing laps? Just pretend it feels good?

Oh. Cool. Got it.

Thanks, coach!!


kyle. said...

i have thrown up on the edge of the pool before and it wasn't that bad because i was glad to have worked that hard.

Michal said...

Wow... I've never thrown up from working out-- I must be doing something wrong! I did almost faint one time, but that was because I didn't eat much before I went and this trainer worked me to death (after not having been in the gym for.... 4 years?).

Anyways-- will you be my swim coach?

Julie Hibbard said...

I have thrown up from eating too much. And, yes, from drinking too much (many years ago...) but NEVER, I repeat NEVER from working out too much.
No thank you.

Mark Dodd said...

I love this story. It just proves that exercise fanatics are more concerned with being legitimately insane than they are with being healthy.