We all have comfort zones, whether it be at home, work or at the gym. These comfort zones help to keep you safe, but they can be detrimental when it comes to your growth. I'm sure you’ve heard that “life starts at the edge of your comfort zone,” but what exactly is a comfort zone and just how do you get outside of it?
A comfort zone can be described as a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease without stress. When relating to fitness, that means doing the same workouts, week in and week, with little variation or challenge. It means doing the easier exercises that you know you can do instead of challenging yourself in new ways with more advanced exercises.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with finding workouts and exercises that you love doing and sticking with them. However, it’s great to step outside of your fitness comfort zone to try something different every now and then. It will not only make your workouts more interesting, but it will give you added motivation and excitement when it comes to getting your workout done.
The main way to get out of your comfort zone in the gym is to make your workouts more and more challenging. Try and make your workouts more challenging. Increase the weight on your squats, or go for one more rep on your bench press. Sign up for that boxing class or hire an experienced personal trainer. Find new ways to expand your fitness comfort zone and you'll soon find you are capable of doing much more than you thought possible.