Gain Comfort in Uncomfortability

Training plateaus sneak up on you. When you first start training progression is a regular high that you experience daily. There’s no feeling like it, the feeling of conquering a new movement, challenge, or fear feels like you’re on top of the world. However as the years pass by you find that getting the same high occurs less and less. Movements start to become more difficult and a simply ‘go for it’ mentality becomes unsafe and possibly dangerous. What happens during these moments? From personal experience and seeing it in others we dwell back to the movements we already know, jumps we’ve already done, and challenges that don’t necessarily challenge our performance potential.


Well it happens to the best of us. Even myself I’ve had months with no progress to show from it. Not because I wasn’t training, in fact I was training harder than ever. No, the reason for my plateau was because I was only training harder, but not smarter. I stopped challenging myself with new jumps,  workouts, and movements.


I’m not sure if you have ever felt this way before. If you have keep reading and I’ll give you my steps to fixing our plateaus.


So how do we solve this problem? Well for starters knowing this is a problem is half the battle. Realising you’re not really pushing yourself anymore will naturally dictate your actions to find harder challenges. However, this is only a temporary fix that may work for a week or so. It’s very easy to fall back into comfortable routine and not even notice it’s happening again. Through months of experimentation battling this ‘obstacle’ I finally found some pointers that have helped me tremendously. So far this is the longest running time I’ve had pushing my limits and I must say it feels great. I feel like I’m truly progressing again and that spark of motivation is back in my training.


Step 1: Flash Old Challenges


This is more pertaining to parkour and freerunning. If you haven’t heard of the term ‘flash’ I’m meaning to attempt anything old you’ve done first try with little preparation. Now at first glance I figured, ‘this will be easy,’ though as my first session with this mentality continued I found it to be extremely challenging. What this does is expose your mentality at its weakest points. Most jumps I do required me to do run ups, half jumps making sure I still had the skill to do certain movements before I fully committed. What I realised is that all this extra prep work was actually hindering my progress. Doing hundreds of run ups and prep work won’t change the final outcome of you committing to a jump. You can spend valuable energy and training time focusing on working a jump when it only takes a moment of commitment to try.


Also, this is like trust building for your mental game and body. Many times our minds will hold us back from doing jumps that we know physically our bodies can do. By fully committing to things we’ve done in the past we slowly carry that mentality into jumps we’ve never done before. Our mind start to trust in our abilities and free will still be there, but it will only be around to remind us to focus and pay attention. Fear won’t paralyze our ability to excel.


Caution: Don’t expect to go out and find the hardest challenge you’ve done and force yourself to do it. You still need to warm up and listen to your body using smaller challenges before going further. Everything takes patience and time. Start small and after months of utilizing this tip you’ll see the benefits, trust me.


Step 2: Set Goals


Look, I’ve talked about this in the past, but it’s crucial. If you’re not writing down your goals and reviewing them daily you can lose progress. Writing down your goals gives you direction in training. Whether that’s doing a new jump, flip, or losing weight you must write down what you want. A ship with no sail will never reach its destination. Let that paper be your sail, directing you towards your accomplishments. You’ll begin training with a purpose and over time you’ll achieve those goals.


Step 3: Find An Accountability Partner


This isn’t the most important. Honestly, just adapting the last two to your lifestyle will do wonders for your training. However, if you do happen to have a training buddy you can both work through these new steps together. Also it’ll help making sure you’re not skipping training days or slowly going back to the old ways of staying comfortable.  Friends can push you when you feel discouraged or unmotivated. I highly recommend finding someone willing to take this journey with you to succeed.


Train hard, be safe.

-D’Ondrai Jones