A little soreness is one thing. Real pain is another. Injuries and the associated pains can arise for a number of reasons. Here are three of common scenarios we see:
1. Making a Biomechanical Error:
Experiencing pain during, but not prior to, a specific exercise is a good sign that you’re performing the movement incorrectly. Take a step back and have a trainer evaluate your biomechanics. Trainers can often see if you’re lifting a weight improperly, using too much weight before you’re ready, or a number of other issues.
Continuing with incorrect movements can lead to muscle strains, sore backs and much more serious injuries. The last thing you want to do is hinder your progress with an unnecessary injury.
2. One Injury Leads to Another:
Like the Skeleton Dance says: “the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone.” Just as your bones are connected by joints, your injuries can be connected to each other. Examples of common interconnected injuries are: ankle or foot issues causing knee pain, and hip problems creating back problems.
If you’re experiencing a new injury or pain, keep in mind pre-existing injuries. If you’re seeking a medical professional’s insight, inform them of all previous injuries. If you are starting with a new trainer, make sure to share with them any nagging pains or injuries. Full disclosure helps you and those who are working with. It will also help your trainer avoid certain movements that may exasperate a pre-existing injury.
3, You’ve Overdone It:
After a tough workout it’s common to feel sore. However, if the pain lingers into your next attempt to exercise that body part, it may mean that you have over trained or inadequately recovered. When you’re doing maximal work, your body needs maximum recovery. While you may want to build your biceps, that doesn't mean to train them 5 days a week.
To perform at an optimal level and to see results, you must take time to rest. Muscles don’t build in the gym, they build as they repair during the rest periods.