No Pain, No Gain… Or is it? Post Workout Soreness & Functional Movements

There is a gym mantra we have all heard, “No Pain, No Gain.” It has been used by trainers in workouts, by athletes in commercials, and quoted by great athletes.  Certainly when working out your body is exhausted, fatigued and put under stress that it would not have while sitting on the couch. But when does the ‘pain’ you are feeling, prevent you from reaching your athletic and wellness potential?

Not all pain that you feel during your workout originate from the workout itself. We have a variety of patients at our clinic and in our 8 Weeks to Wellness program. There are patients with pain from an old injury, and those with pain from a very recent injury. Some patients’ x-rays show good spinal alignment, while others have poor spinal alignment.

The alignment of a person’s spine can affect outer extremities of the body. A patient with one hip slightly higher than the other may complain of knee pain believing the problem is entirely in the knee but not realize where the problem is originating.

We can only feel 10% of what is going on in our bodies.

At the start of the 8 Weeks to Wellness program we will do an exam and test your functional movements. During the functional movement testing we will identify areas of your body that do not pass these range of motion tests.

Our trainers will then focus a portion of your workout with mobility exercises to stretch and strengthen the area(s) you failed in the functional movement tests. By focusing on these susceptible areas, you will be able to help prevent future injury during your workouts.

While we expect you to be sore a couple days after your group workouts with our trainers, let us know if it exceeds normal post workout soreness. Normal soreness might mean you’re sore stepping out of bed in the morning, going up and down the stairs or lifting groceries. Stretching and your outside cardio usually helps relieve the normal post workout soreness.

Three Days In

Had our first training session with Dusty.  The whole team was there….except Sean.  He had some wedding prep to take care of.  The work out went well for day 1.  I can see this working but hope that I will be able to move into some strength training as well.  Finding time to do the meditation is challenging and my diet is way off the recommendations.  Grocery shopping will help.  We are running on a pretty bleak supply of food.  This allows for poor food choices.  I think as I contiue to add this into my life it will become easier.  Adding something new always is challenging to start until you figure how it will work into your life.  Soreness factor one day after the work out….2/10.