Thursday, November 6, 2008

You Should Never Skip a Workout! Or Should You?

It is Not About Being “Lazy”…. Learn How to Listen to Your Body!

There many different views when it comes to this topic. As the saying goes, “80 percent of your success is ‘showing up’…” Well I agree with that saying to a certain extent. Some guys are extremely dedicated in the gym, which is great! They will push themselves no matter what. They are at the gym for every single work out session every single week! So to these guys I say congrats! You are doing great! Keep up the good work… but I also would like to send out a fair warning to these guys… because in some cases they can be at a greater risk for injuring themselves while training.

Consistency and dedication are the most important factors when it comes to achieving any goals. It is never a good excuse to skip out on a work out simply because you do not “feel” like it. That is not the way to go and you are only cheating yourself! However, there are some instances that you need to know when to listen to your body.

For example, if you wake up one morning and you are still very sore from the previous work out that targeted the muscle group that you are supposed to be training that day, how much sense would it make to force your body through another workout for that muscle group? Clearly the muscles have not completely recovered so it would be a waste of time to work them again. Just because you are on a set training routine does not mean that your body has fully recovered during your allotted rested period. Everyone’s body is different.

Also, if you are feeling extremely sluggish and you honestly know that you will not be able to put forth your best effort in the gym, it is probably best that you do not work out that day. If you do you will be at a higher risk of injury since you will not be able to give your best performance. Even if you get lucky and do not get injured, what is the point of workout out if you are not going to give 100 percent? It would be a waste of time that you could have spent doing something more productive… because mediocre efforts produce mediocre results! Again, this by no means is a reason for you to just skip a workout simply because you do not “feel” like it!

So here is the bottom line. Yes, it is extremely important to stay consistent and dedicated to your training in the gym. However, you need to know when to listen to your body. When it tells you to rest, do it! It is always better to be safe than sorry… Missing a day in the gym is a lot less frustrating and costly than missing several months due to an injury!

Best Wishes,
Greg Shyne

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