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Train Pain and Injury Free

By Phil Graham

Why do most people fail to move well?
In a nutshell:

  • Injury/pain/illness
  • Modern day posture
  • Trying to be a hero
Injured Man

Injury

Being injured isn’t nice.

Safety and speed of progress go hand-in-hand; nothing will jeopardise your progress faster than injury.

Always weigh up cost and benefit.

There are two things to consider when training with an injury.

1. Biomechanical changes

If you’ve torn a muscle, broken a bone or lost a limb there will be obvious implications to your natural biomechanics and range of movement.

As such, it’s important to find specific exercises that allow you to illicit a safe and effective training effect. This requires professional guidance from a qualified physiotherapist, injury rehab specialist and/or chiropractor.

As such, it’s important to find specific exercises that allow you to illicit a safe and effective training effect. This requires professional guidance from a qualified physiotherapist, injury rehab specialist and/or chiropractor.

2. Fear

fear

Fear of re-injuring yourself can hold you back from getting the most out of your training, especially if you’ve experienced an injury in the gym. I tore my left pectoral muscle five years ago on the second rep of a 180 kg bench press.

It was sore prior to lifting but I ignored what my body was telling me and paid the price (eight weeks off training). To this day I haven’t dared placed that amount of weight back on the bar.  

I’ve compromised and utilised different methods to achieve my goal. 

Overcoming Fear...

There's nothing wrong with fear. It's a natural protective mechanism. I say to my clients and myself that if you don't fear some of your workouts you're not training hard enough. 

Fear doesn’t have to relate to a single all-out max rep. It could stem from the thought of a particular tough workout. For example, most people fear the thought of training legs due to the amount of work involved.

The body knows what’s coming…

Dwelling on fear can be the difference between hitting a new personal best, progressing your physique and, at worst, hitting a very long plateau.

The next time you experience fear, embrace it! I always visualise the weights or workout laughing at me.

Sounds crazy right? Just try it next time you’re under pressure and see who has the last laugh.

The last thing you want to do is freak out and walk away unless you’re injured, suffering from severe fatigue or lifting a weight that is unrealistically heavy in relation to your current strength.

Be realistic, not stupid. Ambitious, not lazy.

Fear is good in the right circumstances.

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