Doing any one thing in particular is unnecessary for your goals, no matter what they are. But doing something is necessary for progress.
- Find a direction.
- Figure out what steps will get you towards there.
- Re-evaluate monthly.
- Stay the course.
- Make every day a win.
Fitness is a bit of an amorphous target. It’s generic. Does it mean cardiovascular fitness? Weight loss? Relative strength? Absolute strength? Weight deadlifted? Flexibility measured? Workout done in x number of minutes?
Is your goal a fitness goal? Or are you just trying out a new training method?
Most people I work with — at least the “regular” people with day jobs — want to be more fit. It would always be nice to be skinnier, stronger, leaner, toner, healthier, smarter, more muscular, more patient, more even-keeled, less anxious, less depressed, less neurotic, less unstable.
But if you want these things, we have to talk about goal setting.
Knees hurt sometimes. It’s okay. Try to improve your form. If that doesn’t work, try a different exercise.
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?
I suppose I kind of specialize in training people with achy joints. Specific cues have been important for a lot of my clients. Poor technique can place stress on your body that your mind just doesn’t like.
Ask for help from a coach
So my first piece of advice: when your knee hurts, get a tenured coach to take a look. Their practiced eye might notice something that you haven’t. Fix that issue and see if it clears up.
Now, though I love cuing, I need to tell you a secret: sometimes it ain’t enough.
Here’s a recent question from one of my distance clients:
Do you use offsets frequently? Always contralateral or do you use ipsilateral?
I love this question because I think it’s one of the best illustrations of the art of coaching. Not often are things black and white.