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Train don’t Drain

By syoungJuly 3, 2012

You’ve heard the phrase, “No pain, No gain??” That mentality is counterproductive to sustained health and overall fitness.

The body will remember the most painful rep that you perform and download that information into your neuromuscular systems memory bank. Each time you return to perform, for example, a Dead lift or Squat, your body will pull out that dysfunctional pattern and repeat it to avoid the pain caused by pushing yourself too hard in the first place.

This is not to say you shouldn’t train hard. Train hard, but stop your reps when you still have one or two reps with perfect form remaining in your gas tank.

Another great tool is retraining your mindset from a “work-out” philosophy to a “work- in” approach. This will greatly benefit your body, mind and spirit. Ideas for “working in,” include Tai Chi, Chi Gung or any exercise you can perform with strain or drain to the body. Working with your breathe and really getting your energy moving will help you retain and store “chi” or energy, instead of blasting it out with a workout that leaves you tired, drained and potentially broken.

If you want to stay out of pain for the long haul, listen to your body and maximize your full potential!

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