Gain without Pain.

  • Psiberzerker

    Posts: 31

    Mar 13, 2015 4:05 PM GMT
    First off, I hate that cliché. Either you know your body well enough to track your progress without overbidding, or you don't. I'm not talking about tired muscles, aches, or the occasional cramps, those are just side-effects of active muscles. However, pain is the worst way to tell when you're done.

    So, here's a few pointers I've picked up in no particular order:

    1: Get a bike. I'm also pretty crunchy, but one of the things that really bothers me is driving to the gym for a spinning class. It's low impact, and you can adjust the resistance with gears. Also, Gravity is free. My usual advice for weightloss is "Point it uphill, ride it until you're tired, turn around, and coast back." If you're new to Intensive Biking (As opposed to casual, or I had a bike as a boy) you might want to stop for a cooldown stretch between the climb, and the glide back the first few times. (It doesn't have to be a bike. If you have back, perenopubic, or other problems, the Terratrike Rover is affordable, stable, comfortable, and can carry a ton.)

    2: Slow down, it's not a race. It's a competition, but between your body now, and what it can become, playing to lose. Beat yourself, every day, but without being brutal about it. Close your eyes, slowmo 1 Rep, you feel that? That's your muscles, your kinesthetic sense telling you what your body is doing. Pay attention to that, instead of rushing past it. Now, open your eyes, look in the mirror, and do another slowmo-rep. See that? That's what it looks like. Now, compare/contrast with what it feels like, the same motion, or as closely as you can replicate it. Get to know your body, every single muscle, inside and out. Once you dial it in, your muscles will Tell You when you're done, before the pain receptors have to get involved.

    3: Spotters. Duh. If you don't know about spotting, either stay out of the gym, or better yet, ask someone about it. Basic workout 101 stuff here.

    4: Likewise, stretch, cooldown, warmup, massage, basic muscle maintenance. Not just mass/tone, but the fibers themselves, bloodflow, pretty much everything that goes into making exercise productive without any steps back. Skipping workouts to nurse an injury, or just being too sore from overdoing it are counter-productive.

    No pain=All gain.
  • DJEsco_

    Posts: 80

    Mar 14, 2015 12:33 AM GMT
    I see so many people on social media post about no pain no gain. I never understood the logic. I go hard every day at the gym, and I ride bike partially to and from work, but you need to stop certain activities when you feel unusuL aches.
  • Psiberzerker

    Posts: 31

    Mar 15, 2015 1:32 AM GMT
    DJEsco_ saidI see so many people on social media post about no pain no gain. I never understood the logic. I go hard every day at the gym, and I ride bike partially to and from work, but you need to stop certain activities when you feel unusuL aches.


    Write on! I was talking more about targeted workouts (Especially the bit about coordinating hand/eye/kinesthetic sense.) Sports is sports, you can't always think about your hamstrings freerunning, but you can be aware of your limits.

    High impact stuff (Biking is a kiloshittonne lower impact than running) works really well with the SM(101) mantra. "Build slower than slow..." Again, it's not a race, better to get there in 1 piece than stop, and talk to the cops, or the doctors.

    It ain't worth fucking it up.

  • Mar 15, 2015 4:43 PM GMT
    WOOOOOOOOOO...this is addiction friend..sport and more sport icon_cry.gifand i will sport
  • Rhi_Bran

    Posts: 904

    Mar 15, 2015 9:26 PM GMT
    There's a difference between true pain and the discomfort of muscle fatigue, many people don't seem to realize that.

    You can't make gains if you're always broken.
  • Psiberzerker

    Posts: 31

    Mar 16, 2015 10:12 PM GMT
    ^true^ and there's different kinds of pain. Another reason why I take it slow, because you get the pre-cramp discomfort a bit before you get say the tendon tearing free from it's anchor point, or separate the cartilage cap off a joint. Im pretty sure from my admittedly limited sample size that most workout injuries (Dabilitive ones)ultimately stem from rushing past the warning signs. So don't rush, and pay attention, works for me...