If you go to the gym at all, you probably notice there are a number of people on the treadmills who crank up the incline to the max setting and increase the pace to somewhere around 4 or 5 mph. At the same time, what I’ve noticed is that they all hold on to the treadmill. Why? Because they couldn’t reasonably last with those ridiculous settings without holding on.
Maybe the answer isn’t to set everything to the max settings. If you simply let go of the treadmill, you’d be able to get a much higher quality of workout and the settings can be much lower.
There are a couple of things that happen when you hold on:
As you’ve probably figured out by now, holding on is a metaphor for cheating. People can hold on in work settings and relationships too. Why take the short cut when you know that you can do a better job. Whether you are cheating your work product or the treadmill, let go of the damn thing and do the work that you showed up to do in the first place. If you’re not willing to do that, might as well stay home.