Recently, a situation involving a woman getting hit by a tennis ball in the throat surfaced and involved the tennis player (Novak Djokovic, the current world number 1) getting disqualified from the U.S Open.
There are rules, and then there are people being too soft.
In light of this whole situation with Novak Djokovic and accidentally hitting a ball at the lady, here's the thing: I look at these situations and compare them to exercise and physical training, if you want to achieve the body you desire, or if you want to lift more weight than you did the previous week, you HAVE to endure some sort of discomfort, you can't tip toe around the discomfort.Your muscles WILL burn, and you will experience soreness.
Yes, there is a level of discomfort which can actually turn into pain, which we try to avoid. But, for the most part, when you go for a run, or go to the gym for a workout, it's going to hurt and it's going to be painful.
Now, people reading this will be thinking 'why are you comparing a woman getting hit in the throat with a tennis ball to the pain you discomfort in the gym?
Because the way you react to any discomfort or pain is the same, regardless of the reasons for the pain or discomfort.
If you walk into your table at home, do you get rid of it because it hurt you? Of course not, you swear profusely (probably), cry out in pain for a few minutes and then carry on.
This should be the same situation for most people, but unfortunately it isn't. Some people will get hit by the most minor physical trauma, and call it a day there.
Now, if you are going to the gym, you NEED to build up your pain tolerance, that's the only way of seeing results.
That's what it's important to go to the gym, to build up that tolerance. You aren't useless, or weak, you just haven't reached that next level of peak fitness yet, but you've GOT to keep working on it.
Push yourself hard in the gym, and sensibly, and eventually, the results will show, and you will have improved stamina, strength and a higher ceiling for tiredness.