No Pain – No Gain – No Way

Pain by definition:

Pain is the unpleasant feeling common to such experiences as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting iodine on a cut and bumping the “funny bone”. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”

Pain can be very subjective and a persons’ pain threshold can vary greatly from person to person. What may be perceived as painful to one person may not solicitas much of a sensation to another.

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We can all attest to pain in everyday situations such as described above. But, what is sometimes difficult to undertstand is the feeling or tolerance of pain during a workout situation.

Those of you that train at VWP are accustomed to the coaching staff inquiring how you are feeling, presence of pain etc. But what is sometimes confusing is just what is pain, is some pain okay or should anything be said at all?

The phrase “No pain, No gain” has no play in our facility. There is really only one answer to the presence of pain – yes or no.

During the course of performing an exercise, you may feel a burning or even a feeling of fullness in the area being worked. For example, walking lunges down and back the turf are sure to elicit some burning in the quadriceps (or thighs); a timed set of push ups may have your chest and arms burning as well. Sometimes the feeling of fullness may be a feeling of “tightness” to some people. Normally though, once the set of lunges or push ups is completed that feeling of burning or tightiness will disappear after a few seconds. This is completely normal and tells us we have generated a response within the muscles.

What we don’t want is any feeling of pain, especially close to a joint. This is not normal. There is no such thing as just a little pain. There is either pain or there is not – there is no middle ground.

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When we talk about pain during the performance of an exercise, we are referring to sharp pain felt at any point during the course of performing that repetition.

The feeling of pain at any time is not normal and the exercise should be halted immediately. Sometimes it is as easy as re checking form or technique in order to continue pain free.

It is essential that all pain, no matter how minor it seems, be reported to your training staff.

At Victoria Wellness our motto is “Want Gain, Then No Pain” If you want to improve your health, train harder, run faster, enjoy all aspects of fun in life then learn to recognize pain, report presence of pain and train pain free.

Till next time,
“Monitoring, Mentoring, Motivation”

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