With a nickname like that, I'm not allowed to quit just because I'm uncomfortable.

With a nickname like that, I'm not allowed to quit just because I'm uncomfortable.

An excellent passage from Seth Godin's excellent The Dip (page 31):

Weight training is a fascinating science. Basically, you do a minute or two of work for no reason other than to tire out your muscle so that the last few seconds of work will cause that muscle to grow.

Like most people, all day long, every day, you use your muscles. But they don’t grow. You don’t look like Mr. Universe because you quit using your muscles before you reach the moment where the stress causes them to start growing. It’s the natural thing to do, because an exhausted muscle feels unsafe - and it hurts.

People who train successfully pay their dues for the first minute or two and then get all the benefits at the very end. Unsuccessful trainers pay exactly the same dues but stop a few seconds too early.

It’s human nature to quit when it hurts. But it’s that reflex that creates scarcity.

Moral of the story? If you're going to go to the trouble of training (weights or anything else), might as well push past the unpleasant bits and get the benefits.