Good Pain is Good

Do you ever push your body further than you thought possible? That big sense of accomplishment can boost confidence and at times, be somewhat emotional. After 25 years in the fitness industry, I still love watching “everyday athletes” push beyond their limit. It’s just so invigorating to see someone give their best and blast through physical and mental obstacles.

I saw a great example of this while watching the 2013 CrossFit Games final on TV. Now, I must admit, I have been a CrossFit skeptic. I viewed it as a fad, questioned its training ethics (too much, too soon… not enough progression) and assumed it would fade away. Turns out, it’s exploded and become a big-time sport with huge crowds of spectators and fans. Their events are filled with amazingly positive energy.

However, what impresses me most, is the pain and suffering these athletes must endure to win.


Let’s talk about CrossFit champ, Rich Froning. This guy dominated the men’s finals and went on to win his 3rd CrossFit championship. Rich wasn’t noticeably faster or stronger than his competitors, but he seemed to have the special gift of enduring the most pain.

Armed with a cool headband and stylish sunglasses, he was a rock star in this group of athletes. While others grimaced and were visually suffering throughout the exercises, Rich appeared to be barely breathing hard at all (perhaps to get in the heads of his competitors as well). He had obviously put in tons of hard hours at the gym, which resulted in big confidence and multiple championships.

After he was declared champion, his sea of fans cheered. Rich threw high fives to them and then got back into the field to encourage his opponents to finish strong. It was awesome!

Now, think about your job as a sport.

  • Do you desire to be the best in your occupation?
  • What kind of training do you need to be exceptional?
  • How much “pain” are you willing to endure to achieve your goals?

Fitness consulting is my new found sport. I’m sure those that know me, know my competitive nature.  I now often think about being the best consultant in the industry. I still have much to learn, but I’m constantly soaking up knowledge as part of my training.  It will take time, sacrifice and hard work to be the best at what I now do.

Additionally, I train physically on a regular basis. Not only does it awaken and strengthen my body, it also gets my mind right. The pain I can endure fuels my confidence, helps me think creatively and allows me to tackle any challenge that comes my way.

Practice using consistent exercise as part of your everyday business strategy. As you expand your threshold of pain (by the way, I’m not talking about injury type pain), it will make you stronger, more resilient, focused and without a doubt, you’ll become one of the most self-assured individuals in your industry or whatever you are setting out to be.

Try it. Practice It. Train Hard.  Train Smart.


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One thought on “Good Pain is Good”

  1. Jarod,

    I cannot agree with you more. Even when I do not intend to, I find myself constantly competing with others, and myself. Even skinning or hiking up Mt. Hood, I found myself competing with you to stay at your pace. Hiking up to an exit point for a BASE jump, I am competing with fellow jumpers to stay ahead or keep up instead of enjoying the beautiful scenery I am surrounded by. If I fall behind, it fuels my next workout in the gym or outside.

    We should all strive to be better in all aspects of our lives. Mentally, physically, professionally, socially.

    Thanks for sharing this!


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