Your body is designed to move.

You have joints and muscles throughout your body that are there to create/allow that movement, so trying to argue otherwise will make you look like a silly sausage frankly.

For some people though, there can be some fear surrounding adding more movement into their life.

Maybe you feel pain when you move.

Maybe you just find it unpleasant or difficult.

Too much, too soon.

The issue here isn’t the movement as such, but an exposure too soon to loading or volumes that far exceed your current ability.

Your joints start hurting because they are being loaded unfavourably, and then you end up getting turned off moving even more.

It’s so important to start where you’re at when it comes to training.

Unfortunately this isn’t what happens a lot of the time in the fitness industry with the approach tending to be more along the lines of punching a trainees ticket to vomitsville.

This goes both ways too, with a lot of new trainees thinking that if they haven’t made it to chucktown by the end of a session then they haven’t worked hard enough.

Don’t misunderstand me here.

It’s important to push yourself to see the progress you’re chasing, however the starting point will be different for everyone.

Train smart and hard.

Whether or not a session feels hard is going to be both subjective and down to your current movement competency, and that needs to be taken into account because a hard program for one person will be cake for another.

Moving should be enjoyable and training should be challenging, but those challenges should be suited to your current level.

You should be feeling like you move better and with less pain as you progress to get stronger and fitter.

As a side note, sometimes even with the best planning injuries do happen so I’m not trying to be unrealistic here, but through proper program design the risk can be decreased as much as possible.

As a client, if you feel like your coach isn’t taking your current ability into account, then you should be having a conversation with them about that.

After all, it is your health and quality of life we’re talking about.

As a coach, I hope you already are taking these things into account.

You absolutely need to be pushing your clients, but working hard doesn’t mean that movement quality has to be neglected.

When training is planned intelligently, you can ensure progress but with a minimised risk of injury.

With that, moving can and should become something that you’re able to enjoy doing, and that has you feeling better moving forward in life.

I’ll leave this one there.

If you enjoyed this, or even if you didn’t, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Thanks again for reading, and I’ll catch you next time.

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