Understanding the phenomenon of pain to help you pursue your human potential.

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Ever get that random itch on your skin somewhere that makes you slap yourself and think “Wow what was that!”. Sometimes I get a mental image of a microscopic insect digging it’s hairy fangs into my skin. You rub the area of your skin thinking you must have killed something even though nothing is there.  I’m not here to talk about hygiene on a microscopic level. I’m here to talk about pain. The next time you feel a crazy itch laugh at it. Sound silly? “Ha!” out loud really helps as you tell yourself “This is just another feeling I am in no danger”.  See how long you can go before you have to attack that itch with your fingers. Once you get good at this you can often avoid the usually swift reaction. Athletes have a very interesting relationship with pain. Sometimes performing at their greatest effort levels when they should be the most fatigued and in the most pain. Athletes with sore, sprained, and even broken bones have persevered to beat their technically healthier opponents. Athletes who chemically have their pain blocked start out by performing at greater levels but quickly drop to a sub par performance. Even when they feel the same exact pain that everyone else does they are able to endure it for longer periods of time, and at higher levels. Knowing how much longer you have to go also affects how hard your effort FEELS, an effect known as teleoanticipation.

Ever rent a car and go for the upgrade to the Mustang or sports car just to have some fun and enjoy your vacation a little but more. Planning on keeping up with the fast drivers on the California freeway you leave the rental place and hit the road. You push the gas pedal and accelerate so quick and smoothly up to 75mph and then….nothing.  Just then you remember hearing that rental cars have a governor on them and you feel like you overpaid. Well our brains do the same thing to us and they are set to be very over dramatic and sensitive. They are set to slow us down to protect our heart, lungs, and vital organs. If tired muscles and depleted energy stores are what slow you down how are you often able to speed up so dramatically towards the finish line when you should be the most tired and depleted? It’s all in your brain function.

Increasing your tolerance to pain through repeated exposure is part of an athlete’s regular training. In your training, if you don’t understand you need to push through some level of discomfort, you may never be able to get much closer to your true physiological maximum.  So the next time you feel that horrible itch say “Ha! You are just another emotion”, and try to ignore it. When you are running up that never ending hill tell yourself “I’m okay, this is just what uphill feels like”. On race day you will reap the rewards of this mind over matter, the spirit is stronger than the brain is intelligent. Learn the art of deep breathing, and tap into your inner strength. Train smarter…..and harder.

-Pete Smith-

Smith Haus Wellness

Some interesting articles full of pain information and research:




Think it’s too cold to run? Layer up and get out there!!!


Put the tip of your tongue against the back of your top front teeth. Your tongue will warm the air as is shoots towards your trachea. Tongues are tough. They handle it well. Dress in layers like arm warmers,, ear warmers, hat scarf etc. After the first 10 minutes you should still get so warm that you start taking things off. I like to wear cycling jerseys because it’s easy and comfortable to put my phone and these extra layers in those back pockets. And if running in the cold is really not your thing, try swinging a heavy kettle bell explosively driving your hips forward for 2-10 minutes taking a break and repeating 3-10 times. Use a weight that challenges you. This will greatly reduce injuries, improve muscle balance, and help you run stronger, faster and longer. Don’t get discouraged. These tough days just make the good training days that much better.

Click the link below for some great kettlebell basics.


Functional Body Conditioning- New Program for Private + Small Group Training

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Functional Body Construction

Breathe, Move, Lift, Swing

Become a stronger version of yourself as you learn to use and challenge your strength from the inside out. Feel better, look better, and avoid injury and illness as you work toward your physical goals.



FBC Goals:


  • Restoring and maintaining a naturally effective breathing pattern to minimize energy loss/ maximize oxygen transfer into bloodstream.
  • Myofascial Release to promote tensegrity and healthier movement through a full range of motion.
  • Whole body strength and conditioning, starting with the deepest core muscles, with a focus on proper function through the kinetic chain.
  • Combining strength, resistance cardio training, and high intensity intervals to challenge whole body coordination with force production in functional positions to improve the neural connectivity between the mind and the muscle while stimulating multiple muscles to fire sequentially.



 Peter Smith



N.P.T.I. Graduate

N.A.S.M. Kettlebell Certified


If you don’t breathe you don’t move/ force=mass x acceleration/Power=the ability of the body to produce force quickly/ “The doctor of the future will give no medicine; instead he will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, nutrition and the cause and prevention of disease.”- Thomas Edison

References/ testimonials found on blog @ http://www.smithhaustraining.wordpress.com

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