How to prevent injury

Injury prevention & recovery is a large part of what we do at Level Up Strength Society. So, naturally, we get a lot of questions about it. And you might wonder, is it really possible to prevent injury? Of course, the answer is no, not entirely, but you CAN greatly reduce the chance of injury through proper training programming.

Most of you will know someone who’s injured themselves while working out, whether is a running, cycling or joining a group workout class. Modalities such as group strength training like Cross Fit & high intensity bootcamps are notorious for this – for leaving people more battered and injured than when they came in.

Why is this?

Well, if we go back to the basics of human anatomy and adaptation, the research & experience shows us that…

  1. the body takes time to adapt to the stresses we put on it
  2. our bodies respond best to progressive overload of intensity, volume & load
  3. rest is the time when our bodies recover

So, what does this mean in layman’s terms, in reality. Well, it means that…

  1. going from no exercise to intense exercise is too large of a shift in what our body is used to and leads to less long-term gain because you rob your body of the adaptation period
  2. there is an increased risk for injury because the tendons & ligaments have not been able to adapt to the stress you’re demanding of them
  3. you’re robbed of the neural connection with your muscles that takes time to develop, meaning you’ll spend more time in high risk of injuring yourself because of bad form or technique

So, what’s the best way to train to prevent injury?

  1. Incorporate strength training (here’s why…)
  2. Follow a professionally developed plan (like ours 💪🏽) that incorporates structural mechanics, joint health, progressive overload & periodization
  3. Emphasize lifestyle habits like stress management, sleep and proper nutrition
  4. Take the long-term, lifestyle change approach to your health & fitness and AVOID fad diets & workout plans like the plague!

And, if you do get injured, which still happens sometimes, read here for our tips on the best way to deal with injury.

Amelia (& Alberto) @ Level Up Strength Society

For more information on our workout programs, coaching or to schedule a free Clarity Call with us, visit https://www.pdxstrengthsociety.com/

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Published by Level Up Strength Society

Level Up Strength Society is a family-owned personal training business. If you've been working hard & not seeing results, you're missing the COACHING ingredient! ‍ We take coaching very seriously. As certified personal trainers, we became disillusioned by the traditional model of ONLY helping clients in the 1 hour time slot we saw them. And definitely take issue with trainers who just stand there & watch their clients workout. We combine online & in-person training along with nutrition & mindset coaching to truly LEVEL UP your health! Our mission is to coach you through a sustainable lifestyle transformation.

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