I read the other day about a woman that has a disease where she can't feel pain. Like when she gave birth, she felt some stretching but nothing hurt at all. At first, it seems like this would be a great thing. In fact, we talk about controlling our resistance to pain all the time. But because she can't feel the pain, she has lost one of her greatest protection alerts. When you were little and you touched a hot stove, it burned you and it hurt. The pain made you move away from the stove quickly so you didn't do more damage. It also left a memory of it so that you don't touch a hot stove again. Pain is VERY important. For you and your training, it's also a very important stimulus. When we workout we feel two different kinds of pain: pain from the workout like lungs burning, muscles being exhausted, etc, and pain of injury or a tweak during the workout. The pain of being tired, or out of shape, or exhaustion is one that we need to try control. We want to try to push through this. The pain of injury we need to listen to. When we get a small tweak during a workout, our bodies are still loose and warm and we have the adrenaline flowing. We won't feel it nearly as much as during as we will when we are done. You need to be able to assess the tweak and figure if it is worth continuing or calling it and doing some recovery: rolling out, getting a ball in it, banding it, using one of the muscle-stim machines out there, etc. Stop and take the time to deal now so you won't take as long to getting back in the gym. If you have a recurring injury, then it's up to you to be smart about what you do before, during and after. You will have specific things you should be doing for YOU and your injury. Don't wait and hope the general class mobility will cover it. Come in early and prep YOUR injury with mobility and prepping techniques like CrossOver Symmetry etc, During, be smart about the movements you choose to do. Talk to the trainer so they can help give you an appropriate scale, modification, or alteration. After the workout, you need to hit the recovery for that particular issue. Similar to if you hurt it during the workout, but more as a preventative issue. Pain is good to use as a tool. Don't let it control you. Let it guide you. Use it to make your training and your days the best they can be! :)
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