OPT - Get Comfortable With Uncomfortable

October 31, 2009 8:00 AM

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Games09_OPTComfortableWithDiscomfort.jpgJames "OPT" Fitzgerald takes CrossFit to another level, literally. In Every Second Counts, he talked about getting in touch with pain and how he learned to manage that relationship. In time the pursuit of better performance can take a spiritual edge.

"Get comfortable with uncomfortable," has become the theme at CrossFit Calgary. You have to be able to get into an uncomfortable position, of varying different intensities and varying different degrees - physical, emotional - and be comfortable with that... that's what CrossFit teaches you and that's why it went well with our philosophy, too."

The person that can deal with discomfort and abandon homeostasis most readily will be better not only at sport, but at life in general. James draws a parrallel to personal relationships, family and work and highlights the empowerment that transfers from 'embracing the suck,' in CrossFit. Clearly the philosophy runs in the family. His younger brother Michael finished this years Games in eleventh place, by conquering a considerable amount of pain.

Comfortable With Uncomfortable ... [wmv] [mov]

3 comments on this entry.

1. Demetrios wrote...

October 31, 2009 10:37 AM

One of my Marine Corps Sergeant Instructor's last words of advice to our platoon was "Always stay out of your comfort zone." Whether it's physical training, tactical training, or your day to day job, he told us you have to be willing to push yourself constantly. If you're ever in your comfort zone it should be a wake up call that you're not doing enough to advance yourself, and you're doing a disservice to yourself and your Marines. Never settle for "good enough". Oorah.

2. Kelsi wrote...

October 31, 2009 4:02 PM

I got to remember that when I crossfit... If I can deal with it, then I'll come out a better crossfitter and it'll help me in the rest of my day to day life. Well said OPT!

3. steve wrote...

November 2, 2009 9:16 AM

On our white board for several months "No,it doesn't get any easier. If you expect it to, you're in the wrong place. Get comfortable being uncomfortable."

As OPT says, your ability to deal with discomfort is applicable to everything.