I’m seeing this pattern over and over and I need to talk about it.
I have some people, usually overweight or obese, who have some sort of joint pain. But they need to workout, build fitness, and lose weight.
So we try to give them all of those adaptations at the same time.
And hey, sometimes it actually works.
I just saw a comment on one of my daily YouTube videos that shook me.
It’s not that it was particularly scary or outrageous… it just reminded me so much of me.
How do you get huge while nursing your body? Is it even possible?
How do you treat that nagging shoulder/elbow/hip/back/etc but still have fun in the gym?
How do you sweat and make your muscles burn when you feel indefinitely injured?
This post is probably the most existential topic I’ve ever covered. It addresses the questions I’ve been pondering the most for the last decade.
The biggest value in having a coach is in coming up with a plan B.
Anyone can write a program or find one on the internet, but it takes knowledge, skill, and even some intuition to modify that program on the fly.
If you never need modifications, I call you a unicorn. If you frequently need modifications, I’m sorry for your luck and I know how you feel.
Autoregulation how we modify your training program for any given day. It demonstrates both the science and the art side of coaching. I could gather a gather a bunch of data about you:
Knees hurt sometimes. It’s okay. Try to improve your form (details below). If that doesn’t work, try a different exercise like split squats, step ups, or lunges.
Table of Contents
- Medical Disclaimer
- Why Does Your Knee Hurt?
- What is knee pain?
- What is the deadlift?
- Analyzing your deadlift
- View your deadlift from the side
- Round back
- Arched back
- Balanced feet
- View your deadlift from behind
- Knee caved in
- Knee splayed out
- Hip shift
- Fixing Your Deadlift
- Fix knee alignment
- Feet stay flat
- Hip-knee-ankle inline
- Fix hips shifting
- Hips twisting
- Side shifting
- Start from scratch
- Modify the Plan
- Why are you deadlifting?
- Try single leg exercise
- Switch up your workouts
- Stress Management
- What is stress?
- Mental health
- Hire a professional
Sometimes our bodies don’t hold up as well as we wish they would.
Even just last night I went for a walk and limped the last half of it because of my knee. And I’m 28 years old! (at the time of writing this)
Why is pain such a pain?
Due to my own creaky joints, I tend to specialize in training people with aches and pains. When it comes to helping my clients, fixing poor technique is always first on my mind. Bad exercise form can stress your body in ways that your mind does NOT appreciate.