Getting Too Comfortable

By Jason Khalipa

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

September 19, 2011

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CrossFit Games 2008 champ Jason Khalipa says lifting heavy takes a special environment.

Several months ago, I competed in a powerlifting competition in Northern California. As a CrossFitter, I knew going in that my numbers would be nowhere near the numbers the powerlifters would put up, especially those wearing gear. But I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone and put myself in an atmosphere that would hopefully help me set a few new personal records.

The lifting experience was amazing. I ended up setting two new personal records, but more importantly I walked away with a new respect for the amount of weight some people can lift, and the experience had a lasting effect on me.

After the meet and the PRs, I asked myself a question: "Did I get stronger than I was a week ago when I tested these lifts or was it truly a mental thing?"

I decided it was absolutely all mental, just like much of CrossFit.

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8 Comments on “Getting Too Comfortable ”


wrote …

Great article, I think this comfortable feeling transfers to other aspects of crossfit in that people/athletes/clients for the most part like to hang out in their "power" areas and don't go into their "weak" spots. This can be said for the big, strong crossfitter that doesn't like the run or avoids the 5k, or the metcon machine that glosses over the strength days because they just don't feel like they are getting a "good" workout in.


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

Atmosphere is KING as is learning to get comfortable being UN-comfortable.

Coach tells us to do what we suck at and hate, how true.

Whenever I can, I allow OTHERS to program a WO so I can do what I suck at. I KNOW there will be conditioning, high reps, no rest, running, etc as opposed to heavy density work.

It helps me physically AND mentally.

Friday we had Quatro Deuce at my gym, (Trident Crossfit) and I told him to create a WO for all of us, it was a shocker and my kids joined in with me, we got an ass whoopin' but we are ALL better because of it.

I wanna see more from Jason, especially since he's a BIG guy, and, it would be great to get some insight into how he juggles it all now, owning more than one CF Gym.

Khalipa in da hiiizzzeeeeee



wrote …

Loved the YouTube video!
I love that energy and it can def. make or break a lift.
I wish you guys had a girl in the mix.
Women can really gain something from this type of energy, but for most that is out of their comfort zone.

Jason, do you encourage your strong women to lift with strong men? Just curious.


wrote …

I think the message of this article transfers to other parts of our lives. What if you went outside of your comfort zone at work or in other places to communicate with people outside of your usual crowd? For that matter, how many of us have sport clubs in our communities and have never bothered to sign-up and give it a try? How much of an impact would that have on each of us?
Maybe that small bit of interest in the baseball club could have made a difference in that softball throw event at the 2011 games.


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Jason, Great Artical! Setting has a ton to do with where you are going with your next lift. I was lifting next to Lipson at the UFC event in Toronto and I hit a 75lb PR, I have yet to his the same weight but I know it all had to do with the setting. This setting I speak of I think can be obtained in your own box aswell. having there people around you that want to to lift that weight almost more then what you want it is a huge help. I know that sometimes I do the old Rob Orlando deal of adding a few extra pounds then what you are failing on. You may not be able to lift 450# but you toss on an extra 10# you all of a sudden like that Sh*t. Time and Place deffently plays a huge part.


Jason Khalipa wrote …

Thank you for the comments.

Yes Adele. Men and women can definitely lift together. The sex of the athlete does not matter. It's all about the atmosphere, and there are definitely women out there who are prepared to go to the best of there ability, that's all we can ask for.


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Jason - Interesting and timely article. I believe that your observations support and are supported by a study by Dr. Kevin Thompson of Northumbrian University (England) recently reported on in the New York Times: Basically, cyclists were tricked into thinking they were keeping pace with their PR, when they were actually keeping a pace that was a bit faster. After the controls were factored in, a reasonable conclusion is that competition and belief in oneself can squeeze a little more performance out of an athlete. Crossfitters may inherently believe this, and now there is some science to back it up.


wrote …

I train on and off at a strongman gym, when I start thinking I'm doing some strength training the boys there put me in my place quick! But they also inspire me to lift more, lift heavier, lift weird shit. The same at a CF box. I go in there to get schooled on gymnastics work, rowing, oly lifting, and metabolic conditioning. I think its great that athletes of all disciplines are learning the benefits of getting out of their comfort zone.

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