Squats and Lunges

by Ray Reuter on May 23, 2013

I work out and exercise regularly.  My Model Week calls for 3 days of cardio (elliptical), 2 days of weight lifting, and 2 days of rest.  I have done the same weight lifting routine for a long time (I’m embarrassed to say how long).  Recently I decided to dive into a new series of workouts based on using my body weight as the resistance — the “your body is your gym” thing.  The first workout consisted of 3 sets of 10 push-ups, 10 squats, and 10 Squatslunges.

You may be like me — push-ups I can buy into but squats and lunges immediately ignite my pain emotions.  I pushed through my resistance, trusting the process, and completed the work.  I was shocked by how deceived I was about being “in shape” because I work out regularly.  Holy schnikes!  Those squats and lunges kicked my behind.  For the next 2-3 days our house stairs felt like climbing the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

So there definitely was some reality I wanted to embrace.

  • I was definitely in a comfort zone that was deceiving me.  I told myself that because I was working out regularly I was physically fit.  30 squats and lunges later the truth was revealed!  What other comfort zones are deceiving me?  With my clients?  Wife?  Other important relationships?  My habits, processes, routines, beliefs?  Hmmm.
  • I chose to do something new and trusted the process.  I decided to change my degree of comfort to gain new levels of results.  I trusted and finished the work while my body was screaming at me, “What do you think you are doing?!  Let’s do what we have always done, alright?!  Come ‘on man!”

What comfort zones do you find yourself in?  What decisions do you want to make to get different results?  A powerful reality is you are perfectly designed to get the results you are getting.  If you want different results, maybe its time to do some squats and lunges.

P.S. The real test was after my thighs stopped burning would I do some more squats and lunges! 🙂  (BTW, I did!)

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