Are you in pain when you workout?

November 25th 2015

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Time to put something to bed, in reality basic bodyweight movements should not cause pain.

If there is pain during exercise, bodyweight or otherwise, the movement should be modified or stopped, as failure to stop could result in a client using a compensation movement pattern which in the long term will make the problem worse. 
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So, if your client is moving like an octopus on acid, you need to re-adjust the workout/plan and get them to move more efficiently.

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If there is no pain but a limitation to the movement, this may still cause the client to use a compensation pattern, which in turn will lead to an increased risk of injury later on in their training programme.  

Be mindful that with some clients, their EGO will take over and you will either need to punch them in the face and let them know that progress may be slow, but progress is still progress.

With all this in mind it is also important to ensure that there is symmetry between the left and right sides, (hamstring length, balance, mobility etc).  

This is not to do with left or right hand dominance in a sport that demands a skill, it is more like equal movement in basic patterns.


At all times movement capability with good symmetry is a must before any sports specific or performance related gym work can begin, or the client could end up with an injury in the future and any coaching will be called into scrutiny.
To conclude, all the basic movement principles should come before any complex skill training and are seen as a part of growth and development for any client or athlete, as this will ensure their journey of fitness is a sustainable one.

N.B: The biggest issue will be when a client works out unsupervised in the gym using a programme, but fails to notice their own bad movement patterning and still strives to push or pull that extra rep, resulting in an injury. 

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Sean Cole
​Head Coach
​www.scvitalfitness.co.uk