Pushing to make a change
When working out to make a real change with your body or if you are an athlete pursuing a competition your training could someday bring about an injury.
This is something most people choose to ignore however there are certain methods that make this scenario less likely but the fact of this happening unfortunately is a real thing.
I would argue that the benefits of a life that includes serious fitness far exceed the negatives effects or injury you may sustain along the way.
It comes with the territory
It is important to realize that not all injuries are serious, and aches, pains, strains, bumps, bruises, and stiffness are unfortunately gonna be part of a serious fitness enthusiasts experience.
When these things pop up it’s important that you don’t make bad decisions that could lead to a minor issue becoming a major one. You don’t want to make something that can be prevented into a really big issue.
Don’t train through pain, and don’t make fear of injury make you overly conservative. You can still workout and do it safely. It is important in these times to use your Coach as much as possible.
So what do I do?
Now let’s talk best practices. First thing is “if it hurts a lot don’t do it”. You can always change range of Motion, reduce loading, or replace the movement with something pain Free. This is where having a empathetic and knowledgeable Coach comes in handy.
In most cases, using Single Joint Movements and reducing loading by as much as 20-30% is a good first step to train around an injury.
Also working specifically in the region on muscle development (hypertrophy) is a great stimulus to work around injury.
If you can’t easily work around an issue and the pain isn’t gone in the matter of weeks. Go see a specialist, don’t prolong your issue further.
If you are injured be smart. But if the gym is a habit you intend to keep do your best to keep at it and work around the limitations. A good Coach will know what to do!