Chesty, why do I have this pain?
Ya’ll ask me this all the time. Before I lend a genuine ear to your discomfort, I may lend a smart comment to your work attire, or question your warm up strategy. My only request in the future, is that you might lead with, “Ayo Chesty, you look mighty cute in them sweat pants”. Other than that I welcome this common question, and encourage you to keep asking.
It’s likely because you’re doing something “wrong”, like, maybe your form sucks. It could definitely be the fact you did too many ‘insert movement here’. And it’s highly likely you haven’t been doing your recovery work, as in enough to combat the amount of stress you’re laying down; workouts may be a way for you to de-stress, by stressing yourself, nice job. We address that stuff all the time, and ain’t nobody got time for that. But yes, it could likely be any of the reasons above.
Andy posted the other week about the SAID principle.the SAID principle asserts that the human body adapts specifically to imposed demands. In other words, given stressors on the human system, whether biomechanical or neurological, there will be a Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands (SAID).
Let’s take our eagerest of beavers. They train or exercise 2 hours a day. They gather a whopping 14 hours a week working on their fitness. That’s 728 hours a year of an active pursuit of a better life, or some fitness goal. It would seem completely logical to address that significant amount of time as a cause of that pain. It is in fact a significant imposed demand.
So they should indeed consider their form during exercises, how many repetitions they do, and how much recovery work is needed to balance that out. I mean hey, that’s a lot of stress.
That same individual has another significant imposed demand. Statistics that trump the active pursuit for a better life, or said fitness goal. It’s that other 8,008 hours a year or the other 22 hours in the day. Look at the movement during that thick statistic, or maybe the lack of movement.
That’s probably why you have this pain.
The first thing I look at when creating a mobility profile or program for someone is just that. Not combating your training regimen, but your other regimen.
How often should I do my mobility work?
Quit your job. I made it mine.
We’ll continue next week with some regular tips to resolve your pain and make you awesome. In the meantime, take this as an opportunity to look at how your other regimen is affecting your pain.
Emile Maxwell Connaughton