A friend of mine told me the story of her recent work with a personal trainer, and it reminded me of how we expect progress to feel.
She said that she began training with great enthusiasm, working out 2-3 times per week, lifting weights and doing various repetitions under the guidance of the trainer. After several weeks, she began to feel discouraged that she might not be making any progress.
Why was this? Well, she explained, things weren’t getting any easier!
It seemed like after the fourth week, she still felt just as tired at the end of the workout as she had during the first week, and she was still doing the same number of repetitions – not more. When she revealed this to another friend, who had been working with the same personal trainer for many years, that friend answered, “Well, have you noticed that you’re now lifting heavier weights??”
That’s progress. It’s not supposed to feel easier. It’s that you’re able to take on greater challenges (lift heavier weights), and still push yourself to your own limits (which continue to expand with training).
So make sure there’s always something you’re doing that doesn’t feel easier…It’s a sure sign that you’re making progress.