Working out at a high intensity can be frightening, especially for those who have never done it before. Beast, Jeff Wood, describes Beastanetics as that “near death experience we do twice a week.” And that’s not an exaggeration. But Jeff knows his body well enough and is smart enough to stay within a “safe” zone. I wasn’t so smart last year when I attempted CrossFit and was rewarded with rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal condition caused by extreme overtraining. I should have known better, but got caught up in the competitive atmosphere. While Shana and I are not interested in creating an ultra-competitive environment in Beastanetics, we do know that for you to achieve certain fitness goals you have to be willing to set aside a few longstanding fears and tolerate “temporary discomfort.” Yes, your heart will beat very quickly for a short period of time. Yes, you might feel like you’re on the verge of vomiting. And yes, you might be sore for a couple of days after a tough workout. But over time your body will adapt and the unpleasant feelings will subside to a large degree. You will also gain an enormous boost in confidence, which will carry over from Beast to other areas of your life.