Your Workouts are Hurting You! (HERE’S WHY)

What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, Today we’re going to talk about, and figure
out whether your workouts are the source of your pain. You see, if you were to take an assessment
right now of yourself, maybe you have – and you likely have – two, three, maybe even
four spots that hurt. Does the inside of your elbow hurt, maybe,
when you do pullups? You’re just sitting here, turning your head
right or left do you get a little pain, or a bit of soreness? One direction versus the other? Maybe your low back hurts when you’re doing
ab exercises, or your knees hurt when you try to squat, or when you raise your arm up
over your head one doesn’t go up as high, or as smooth as the other, or it cracks and
pops. Something is probably wrong. You have to ask yourself, “Is it your training
that’s causing these discomforts and pains?” Or if you weren’t training, would the weakness
that you have make things even worse? I could tell you this: the big mistake regardless
of how many things are hurting you at this point, is that you’re comparing yourself to
yourself yesterday. I’m talking about maybe even literally yesterday,
when you approached the gym for your workout today. That’s the mistake because the more you do
that, the more you’re setting yourself up to incur more of these injuries. Even if your training is really not to blame. Meaning that your training program is good. Now, unfortunately, as a physical therapist
who treats a lot of people that come to me following bad training regimens and programs,
I can tell you that a lot of them aren’t. They’re leaving them in this condition where
they’re feeling beat up and maybe you’re feeling that way too, because of the shitty thing
that you’re following. The shitty workouts that you’re following. But if they’re good, if you approach the gym
with that mentality of always being the same guy every single day, or woman every single
day, you’re not going to wind up getting the most out of your body. Sometimes you have to be able to react on
the fly and say “I’m changing things up.” So I always remember this story when I was
in Port St. Lucia with the Mets training at Gold’s Gym. I went in there one day and I’m doing my regular
workout, and I’m the other side of one of those multi-stacked pieces of equipment. There’s a girl doing tricep push downs on
the other side. She’s literally mid-set and she’s getting
more and more frustrated, and then she’s like “I can’t feel it! I can’t feel it! I can’t feel it!” She’s telling her training partner. I’m like “This is fucking crazy.” “I can’t feel it! I can’t feel it!” she starts balling. “I can’t feel it in my triceps. I can’t feel it.” I’m like “Holy shit!” It was really like John Rambo at the end of
First Blood. If you haven’t seen it you’ll – or if you
have, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I remember thinking “What is the big deal? Who cares if it doesn’t – if you were able
to bench press 350 in the last workout, and this time you can’t; so what?! It’s a single workout.” Where injuries occur is when you try to demand
from your body the same performance that you were capable of a few days prior on a day
that you may not be able to. Maybe you’re just not feeling it today. Maybe your shoulders are a little bit stiff. Maybe something else that you did led to that
being stiff. Maybe yard work left your shoulders being
stiff, that doesn’t allow you to perform the way you did the other day when you trained
your chest. Whatever the reason is, you have to be able
to react on the fly and change that, and not be so obsessed that is going to set you back
in any particular way. Demanding something out of your body that
you don’t have is going to set you back. So here’s where this all comes to a head,
and the best advice I could ever give you is what I try to bring to you every single
week on this channel. That is: learn the “Why” of what you’re doing,
and not just the “What”. Because the “what” alone is what gets you
in trouble. “Oh, I know what to do. I was told what to do.” Okay. Exercise A, B, C, D, whatever, with no care
at all about the conditions that might be present while I’m trying to do exercise A,
B, C, D. if you know why you’re doing exercise A, B, C, D, and then also know why what you’re
doing woks when you’re doing exercises A, B, C, D; now you become empowered to actually
change those when you need to, and not obsess or feel like you’re going to be taking a major
step backward when you do make those changes. So I always try here to tell you guys the
“why” of what we do. I think that’s what makes our channel different
from everybody else. That is: I want to educate you as to why. Don’t just “Here’s what to do.” Because “here’s what to do” is not going to
address everybody out there. But knowing why is going to allow you to make
the decisions yourself of when you should be making some changes and when you should,
maybe, step back. As far as the message of this video, I’m going
to tell you this: it’s not an old man’s message. One for guys like me. It’s for guys that are probably even more
valuable to people that are a lot younger than me. Because had I not followed the bad advice
I got and continued trying to demand stuff out of my body that I wasn’t capable of – like
hammering myself every day trying to bring the same performance that I didn’t have,
necessarily, and not in an admirable way, I just didn’t have it. It’s very normal for us not to be consistently
excellent. I hurt myself probably very badly in my teen
years and in my early 20s training that way. To the point where, now, I’m trying to be
able to overcome that. The good news is this: when you have all the
tools – and I’ve got the tools. One of the best things I became was a master
of compensation. I can come up with a million different ways. It’s one of my biggest strengths as a physical
therapist. A million different ways to tweak and exercise
to allow me to do something. It will allow you to actually train through
moments when you have aches and pains, whatever they may be. Now you don’t have to abandon what’s going
on. I’ve always said you don’t have to be abandoned
training when some things hurt. You can figure out ways to even train that
single area as well. You’ve just got to know how to make out a
patience to do that. So guys, I hope you’ve found this video helpful. The idea is to learn the why, not just the
what, and you’ll realize that when these normal aches and pains come up, hopefully minimized
by the fact that you’re following a good training program; Then you’ll realize that training is a lifelong
journey that’s going to have its ups and downs, but as long as you can continue on this upward
trend you’re going to be really good at the end of the day. All right, guys. I’ll be back here again in just a few days. Again, leave your requests down below. What would you like for me to cover? There’s a lot of injuries that I haven’t even
covered yet on this channel and I try to do the ones that you guys want me to do. So tell me the things I can help you with
that way, and whatever topics you want to see, and I’ll do my best to do that. All right, guys. I’ll talk to you again soon. See ya!


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