People inherently get that you have to train for sport and they just see that as a normal part of being an athlete. Once they see that their life is their sport they see immediately that they can train themselves to the levels they want.
- Nic Wood, Life Athletics
One of our members approached us wanting personal training in the lead up to a national selection event. He had a few old injuries, but they didn’t bother him too much, and he had accepted that was just part of being an athlete. The selection trials came and went, and unfortunately he didn’t make the team. We then took some time doing rehab on his injuries and imbalances, to prepare him for our next power training block. We discovered there were more underlying issues than just the pain signals his body was sending. Not only had his athletic career caused some imbalances, but so had the physical aspects of his highly demanding job. After a few months of targeted training, he commented that he was in much less pain than usual, and really saw the value in our sessions. When asked about the next big date on his athletic calendar, he said “I’m not training for that anymore. I have now realised that I need to train for something much more important. Life.”
Many of us don’t realise how much stress we are putting on our body until we feel pain. Even then, we often ignore it and hope it will just go away. Pain may be a signal that your body has been functioning in a biomechanically compromised way for a long period of time. Common examples are back soreness, neck stiffness, and medial knee pain. These can be caused by a sudden increase in training, repetitive work tasks, recreational activities, or even just the way we sit or walk.
This brings us back to the original quote- it isn’t only athletes that need to train. Our sport is what we do in our everyday lives, including in the workplace. Targeted training allows us to play and work longer and harder, and with more energy. Please don’t ignore your pain- understand it, work on exercises to reduce it, and prevent it from coming back. Train for life.