Well, election day is over.
and let’s just take a minute to Thank god for that.
I’ve been extremely busy trying to figure out how to take my entire business online and have been taking on streams of new clients. I so apologize for my silence.
But my mama always taught me that if I have nothing to say, then I should say nothing.
Except this morning, I was with a client who was talking about her husband and how he had become injured after deadlifting. I’m extremely sensitive to this because I am a huge weightlifter and I really have never been injured. It troubles me that people lift without understanding why- or better yet, they lift without ever addressing where that strength comes from.
We’ve all seen these Cross Fit athletes who can easily deadlift 440 pounds. Girls. Who lift 440 pounds. Yes, they can get injured. But most of them won’t. Why? How do they not hurt their lower back?
How do any of us who lift heavy not get injured? How do we prevent injury in workouts or training?
I think it really starts from the first question. Your motivation.
Why do you workout?
Do you workout to get strong? Do you workout to lose weight? Do you workout to look good? It’s just something I ask all of my clients. Some of them are actually working out now to have fun. Even with our kids. We sign them up for all of these sports and bus them all over the place to “have fun” and maybe even stay active… But do we ever address them getting strong?
Because the underlying idea of exercise is that it HAS to make you stronger just because you WANT to be able to continue to do it.
If you lose ten pounds and some of that is muscle- well, you’re messing with the mechanical structure of your frame and lifting will actually probably hurt you, unless of course, you are overweight and not just simply obsessed with how you look and numbers on the scale. This is another issue entirely: people who lift and refuse to fuel their workouts properly, but that’s another blog for another day.
Do you address the idea of training different body parts? Or do you go to classes that have you lifting the same weight for the same muscles day in and day out?
The body is a kinetic chain that responds to stimuli all up and down that frame. As such, it’s necessary that we train up and down the body and work on dynamic movement and little tiny muscle groups, as well as the large muscle groups to support the weight that we lift- or even basically, the weight of ourselves. It becomes even more important when you realize that the nervous system is reliant on nerve impulses and messages to balance out the stability of our structural frames, insuring that our weight is evenly dispersed. This is what wards off injury. Training our body parts to be strong and work in conjunction with our nervous system to perform correct functional movement. (Isn’t that the definition of exercise and our motivation to do it?)
Injury is simply imbalance. Injury can happen from a multitude of things: unaddressed imbalances or structural issues from childhood (scoliosis, pigeon-toed, etc)- and also from day to day repetitive motions from your workplace (texting, at a computer, painting, being under cars, walking stairs, lifting things overhead). Likewise, if you’re working out and doing the same routine from ten years ago- even two years ago- your body is probably now under the stress from not having changed it up.
If you are experiencing continuing pain- even headaches frequently, lower back pain, shin splints… That is a sign that your body is really needing to be changed up. Yes, I lift heavy with all of my clients but we ward off any injuries by consistently changing up their routine every six weeks. If you haven’t addressed these concerns within your workouts or your training plans, it’s time.
Introduce stability exercises. Look up body part training and start to bear some real weight on the gym floor.
I’ve got to go lift heavy with my ladies now.
Until next time