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Throwback Thursday!: Why are painful workouts so much fun? (And other questions about suffering and athletic performance)

From the archives, two years ago, what makes athletic suffering enjoyable?

FIT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

What makes painful workouts so much fun? Or assuming there’s some self selection at work here, we could ask the question a little bit differently: Why do athletes find painful workouts so much fun?

Now not all of the workouts I do are painful. Most days of the week I workout out twice a day and I wouldn’t be able to take that kind of intensity all the time. Nor does it make sense from a training point of view. But still the best workouts, the ones that are the most fun, are the painful ones. And as philosopher, I find this appreciation for pain more than a little puzzling.

But let me begin by describing two of the painful workouts I’ve done this week.

Here’s Monday’s Crossfit workout: The snatch ladder (be mature, no sexual jokes please, we’re all grown ups here)

The snatch ladder from the Crossfit Games…

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One thought on “Throwback Thursday!: Why are painful workouts so much fun? (And other questions about suffering and athletic performance)

  1. I’m not sure that I enjoy good pain of athletic activity. Maybe a different way is simply for me, is being rewarded along the road of effort, which for a cyclist it is a REAL journey of travelling and seeing things along the way. Those are my motivators, not the good pain or sweat really.

    Time to think about the sensory experience of cycling..because that’s what keeps me on the bike for last few decades and seeing something different every few feet/metres along. Not all sports are like this…a literal journey, a literal trip. And so easy to parallel to a life journey –the physical hills, mountain and valleys.

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