The 40 Percent Rule
A few days ago I received an email from one of our members with a link to an article titled: A Navy Seal’s Secret for Pushing Yourself Way Beyond Your (Supposed) Limits.
As most of you know by now, this is the exact type of headline that I cannot resist. I was like a moth to a flame, I had to read it…immediately.
Thankfully it wasn’t just a POS article with a good headline like many often are, this one was short and sweet with a great takeaway.
I encourage you to read the whole thing, but for those of you that like cliff notes, the secret is “that when your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done.”
Meaning that we are capable of much more than we often think we are and often times the best way to continue to push your limits and get more work done when you’re brain is telling you to stop is to tune it out.
The other important thing I took away from this 40 percent rule is that it is all relative to the individual.
Just like we talk about when we talk about how High Intensity is relative to the individual and each person’s goal in class should be to work at a higher level of intensity than previously. The quantity of work you’ve completed when you get to 40% will be different for each person.
However, it is important to understand that when you hit that wall, you often times have more to give and that’s why we as your coaches ask you to pick the bar back up and keep going sooner than you would like to.
We can see it, we can feel it and it’s our job to get you to move into the additional 60% you’ve got to continue to push the intensity.
So don’t give up and don’t give in.
Know that you have more to give.
Keep your eyes and ears open.
Listen and watch your coach and the other athletes.
They will help you push beyond your (supposed) limits.