My mentor, Carlos DeJesus, always says “Go beyond” when asked how to train. Carlos has explained that this means knowing the difference between discomfort and pain. He instructs that too many people stop a set because of discomfort. This is a bad approach. Yes, if you are feeling actual pain, it is time to stop, but if it is merely discomfort you must go beyond.
All muscle groups can benefit from this approach, but some benefit more than others. I will discuss below what this go beyond approach works best for.
Go Beyond for Calves
Anyone who has trained their calves with intensity knows that discomfort rapidly builds up in your calves. I see so many who stop their set as soon as the discomfort starts. Instead, push past. Go beyond the discomfort. You will notice rapid changes in your calves if you do this every single time. What you are feeling is lactic acid. Please be sure to know the difference between discomfort and pain and you're good to go.
Go Beyond for Biceps
Biceps are a small muscle and they tend to feel very sore very fast. Like the calves, this is just discomfort and should be treated as such. Go beyond the discomfort. Push those biceps to their ultimate failure. Don't be scared into stopping just because of some discomfort.
Go Beyond for Good Results
The most successful bodybuilders and gym goers are those who are in tune with their body. By listening to what your body says, you will achieve amazing results by applying the go beyond principle. You will also experience a massive pump by using the go beyond principle.
Have you ever gone beyond? Tell us your experience in the comments below.