IMP: Know your body & Train Smart

State the obvious you are probably thinking by reading my blog post title…well it is not always that easy for everyone. We all tend to push past that “safe” enveloppe, especially when we have a goal in mind. Think of the Olympics for example: Lindsay Vaughn- an American skier who recently was injured, she has decided to race even if it means having to push through the pain- but do these rules apply when we are talking about the Olympics? if you were in one of these Olympian’s shoes, would you have the willpower to say that it is enough or would you want to be the hero and deal with the consequences later? I think personally, I would be the second one! Having worked so hard and so long towards that one goal; living the Olympic dream I would certainly be the stubborn one, work through the pain and do my best! That being said, it doesn’t mean that these crazy rules should apply to us, the recreational athlete or the typical gym-goer. And here comes into play the importance of being smart about your training. I ask you the following question: ” A weird twinge starts in the middle of you workout, something you have never felt before; do you stop or keep going thinking you’ll be able to work through the pain?” Of course your goals & personality type come into play when you make these spontaneous decision. A goal-driven person will probably push through the pain while the analyst will consider how long she/he will have to be off should the pain increase and opt for a light stretch and a shorter workout. Which is the right decision? It all comes down to some basic points according to Wendy Bumgardner (About Muscle Soreness & Pain) :

  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Extreme tenderness
  • Extreme weakness in a limb
  • Inability to place weight on a leg or foot
  • Inability to move a joint through its full range of motion
  • Visible dislocation or broken bone
  • Numbness or tingling — this could be a sign of nerve compression and should especially not be ignored.
  • Don’t ignore the signs. Sure we are all inspired by the amazing things these Olympic athletes can accomplish and are all eager to push our own limits- just don’t over do it! Train Smart and know your body & limits! Yes cheer on our Canadians but remember to keep moving…

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