How Far Should I Push? – Part 1


Most of us know that it is a good idea to workout but we inevitably fall back to our default position in the recliner and stay in to watch football. One of the common scripts that runs through our minds which keeps us stranded in the land that flows with milk duds and honey buns is the possibility of injury during training.   Previous injuries and the prospect of re-injury keeps many men out of the gym and paralyzed from attempting to even begin training.

So, how do we train and get stronger while avoiding injury? If we have a previous injury, how can we work through or around that and train? We’ve been working out but how far should we push it because we don’t want to get injured?

All of these concerns are legitimate. In this two-part series we’ll be addressing the above questions and put your mind at ease. After all, fear should not hold us back from reaching our wellness goals.

How do I train and get stronger while avoiding injury?

Injuries are a part of sports and physical fitness, there’s no way around that. However, athletes can substantially reduce the risk of injury through a slow and incremental development of physical skills while at the same time learning about those skills from an experienced coach. In business, successful people are those who incrementally learn the product they will produce and likewise efficiently run the business by learning from other successful people in that industry.

In this same way our Intentional Encounter Wellness Plan begins slowly and develops incrementally with Push-ups, Sit-ups and Squats so that athletes can build up the necessary core strength and stamina needed to move on to more intense programming. Gaining competency in these three basic movements and working to improve the full range of motion of each of these goes a long way in producing the solid foundation necessary to reach your wellness goals. Learning these movements through consistency and strong effort will help prevent future injury as the programming gains intensity.

Follow the Leader

Another important element to avoid injury is having a good coach or mentor who possess the experience and knowledge of gaining strength without incurring injury. IE wants to provide this element of mentorship to you through relevant articles about our experience of success and failures, incremental programming, and being available to answer questions that you may have.

Years ago I discovered a type of fitness programming that lead me to a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness in my garage gym. Over time I began to sharpen my knowledge and earned a CrossFit instructor certification. Now, after successfully training dozens of athletes over several years, I have developed a style of fitness instruction that provides a more solid foundation, building upon core strength and three basic functional movements. With this solid foundation, the athlete can slowly add more complex functional movements, lessening the chance of injury, as his fitness level increases. This is contrary to what many instructors promote, which is an “all out till your joints wear out” approach leading almost certainly to activity-ending injury and back to the couch.

Ron can attest to this approach, coming from being totally untrained which was causing him to slip down the road to major health problems, depression and general numb dissatisfaction with life. Since beginning training less than a year ago, he has used the program offered through Intentional Encounter to become energized, strong and has made a complete U-turn with his health concerns.

The key to avoiding injury while gaining strength and stamina is following the IE program down to the T. It may seem too easy to start where we prescribe, but if done correctly, you will gain a firm base to then build the brick house you’re after.