Its nothing new. I’ve learned a lot from Craig Ballantyne and Al Cosgrove (who I was a supplement rep for over 9 years to). At the time, i had moved away from triathlon (training and competing since 1996) and got back into Martial Arts. Triathlon is an attrition of the mind, and where I got the term “Pain Cave”, because when you are swimming for 2 hours, riding a bike for 3 and running for 6 (training) you have to realize that there are “walls” and “bonks” you have to compete with.
Its a war within your own mind. My first Half Ironman took me over 6 hours to finish, but by the time I was done, I had more endorphins in my body that I didn’t need a beer. Still had one, but didn’t need it. The PainCave is a place where you go and think of your power animal, happy thoughts, or anything to get your mind off the agonizing pain that you wish would stop. As long as you finish the task at hand, and are aware of what is going on, you win.
Sometimes it does, and we call it running through the wall. Sometimes you hit the wall and bonk, but if you train and eat properly, you minimize the chances of that. The more you push yourself above and beyond the norm of your training (race pace is higher than training pace, but you should still practice race pace so often, and realize that you cannot always train race pace because you will break yourself down) hence the phases of training.
If you take that and add it to the triangle of Stability, Strength and Power, you can find out how you should train for ANY sport. We just happen to combine endurance training principles, weight lifting training principles, speed training principles with martial arts training principles.
It seems to work in 90% of the people that stick through the Pain. Leave your body if need be, listen to music, but you will always feel the results. Metabolic Disturbance Training is taxing the energy systems differently each day so they recover by the next time you train them.
It takes someone to know how to combine these to get results. Anyone can haphazardly write workouts, but it takes a good coach to know and understand the principles to apply the methods.
Pushing a prowler will burn more calories AFTER THE WORKOUT (EPOC) than riding an elliptical. Training outside of your comfort zone makes the rest of the BS in your life easier to take. Just read my prior blog on this.
Pain is only temporary, Pride is forever.
The only Easy Day was Yesterday.
The Body works as 1 unit, not the individual parts.
We live in 3 planes of motion, why train in one at a time?
Think about how you feel after these workouts.