Regardless of your injury/condition, you're probably not going to want to do much if you're in pain. That's why the first thing I address with my clients is pain.
Whether you train crossfit, powerlifting or bodybuilding (or anything for that matter), you primarily train bilateral movements. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not!
Bilateral movements include almost all of the seven primal movements:
EVERYONE HAS ARTHRITIS!
Osteoarthritis is a form of degenerative change in joints. It's a matter of load vs. capacity. When the load in a joint is too high, for too long, the joint wears down. Simply put, it's the wearing down of the protective tissue in joints.
Have you ever been told you’re ‘quad dominant’? Ever wondered what that means? It typically refers to those who have well-developed quads, compared to other muscle groups or that they use their quads for everything.
Injury prevention is one of the most controversial and highly debated topics at the moment. Many healthcare practitioners, personal trainers and everyone else in between claim they are an ‘injury prevention specialist’ or that by ‘performing these exercises’ or ‘this program’, you can prevent injury.
My ‘life long goal’ was to deadlift 200kg. At the time I set the goal, it would have been a double bodyweight deadlift. The only issue was that I couldn't even get it off the floor, it literally wouldn't budge. 190kg? Sure, I pulled that several times when testing whether 200kg would evade me once again. It seemed as though nothing I did increased my ability to lift 200kg.
Strength is arguably the most important skill. It's the very foundation that allows you to perform both day-to-day activities and in the training sessions in the gym. Strength determines how well you perform and what your risk of injury is.
You’ve heard it before. Pain equals gain. Well, it doesn't. Pain actually prevents you from making gains. You see, when you’re experiencing pain, your body compensates. This compensation leads to changes in muscle activation and development of poor movement patterns.
Most of our training sessions are based off percentages. For example, your deadlift session may require that you hit X number of reps at 80% of your one rep max. To fulfill the goal of your session, you have to hit X reps and X weight. But, what if weight isn't the only thing that matters?
Typically, Physiotherapists and other Allied Health Practitioners are seen as masters of short term relief. Why? Because often times, we’re really good at helping someone with the ‘here and now’. Let's say you have low back pain. You come in to see a Physio and leave feeling better. You come back for two more sessions and reach a point where you are back to 100%. Sounds like a job well done.