"Are you Addicted to Training" (Blog #23)
When people start a training program they usually do so to lose fat, gain muscle and want to gain confidence with how they look and feel. Personally, I love weight training, I love the way I feel during and after I lift weights. Am I addicted? Maybe! If I miss a training day I am definitely moody and a little more on edge. But is this a good or bad thing?
Just because you love training or running doesn't necessarily mean you're addicted, but if you train so hard that you continually injure yourself than there may be an issue. We have all heard and probably felt an endorphin rush during and after a run or a heavy training session. That endorphin rush that you're feeling is a chemical reaction (endorphins) that are being released when your body is being pushed and needs to stay focused and continue what it's doing. When you take a long run or have a heavy lifting session endorphins are released to mask physical pain so you can finish the task at hand.
This phenomenal chemical process has been in our system for thousands of years. Back when we had to hunt, scavenge and bring food back to our caves, these endorphins kept us safe from dangerous predators and injuries that may have occurred out in the wilderness while we were trying to survive and protect our young. This endorphin rush we all crave feels good but think about why it's there, it's there to mask physical pain and allow us to continue on!
This is an amazing process when its life or death and can be great when training, but the problem with the endorphin rush we all shoot for during training is that it can put us in risky situations and the drive to feel the rush can get us hurt during an activity thats supposed to make us feel better. This is where we have to be smart when we are looking for that rush, there must be a balance so that we can enjoy the rush safely and injury free.
You hear a lot of trainers and strength coaches training their clients with that "train hard or die" attitude, this is risky and more about the ego of the trainer and has little or nothing to do about getting the clients better. Kicking someones ass in training isn't a skill, its stupidity! Now Im not saying don't train hard, Im saying train hard AND SMART! There is a huge difference between the two! Learning to appreciate every movement in the gym and mastering them really takes a ton of discipline and in the long run will allow you to get stronger, injury free...
In our hunt for the all mighty endorphin rush, ensure that you take pride in all of your movements, progressions, preparations and warm ups. The endorphin rush is great and can be attained by training your ass off and putting in hard work, but receiving injury after injury while on the hunt for this rush is just plain idiotic. Take a step back, re master the basics and work your way up to longer runs and heavier weights properly....
"The difference between a callus and a blister is proper progression"