Don't Exercise With "No Pain, No Gain" Philosophy

The "no pain, no gain" exercise philosophy is a bad one to follow....if you are exercising with sharp pain in a body part, something is wrong! Don't ignore the pain!

Doing a weight (or resistance) exercise incorrectly can cause pain in your joints, back or other unintended areas. For example, the squat or lunge should primarily work and strengthen the gluteus maximus, quadriceps and legs in general. If you feel sharp or unusual pain or stress in your back or knees, this could signal injury or incorrect performance of the exercise. One good way to practice an exercise would be to perform it with little or no weights in order to perfect the movement.

I see too many of you limping around week after week in pain trying to exercise! You need to see a doctor or rest for a week or so to let the hurt area heal! That hurt knee will not get better if you keep exercising full blast like nothing's wrong!

Continuing to exercise with sharp pain does not mean you are means you're not very smart! One of the primary purposes of fitness is to help you avoid or lessen the risk of injuries.

Take care of that "bad wing" or "gimpy leg!" That means rest, see a doctor and/or work around the injured area (i.e., only do exercises that don't hurt the injured area).

Exercise smarter, not just harder!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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  1. A very good philosophy- but one that might also encourage people to be lazy. For people who are just starting to get fit after a period of idle will naturally feel pain and burning sensations after very little workout.

  2. Thanks for the comment and visit! Sharp pain is different from the burn that you feel while lifting weights....they'll have to know the difference to make progress...there is a big difference between the two.


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Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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