Illness, injury and other inconveniences…

Everyone gets ill, injured and otherwise inconvenienced at some point in there training lives.

It’s a fact of life, that just as things are going well and progress is being made, the universe comes along and throws a spanner in the works! When this happens you have 2 options:

1. The “suck it up Princess, get on with it and quit bitching” option, or

2. The smart option.

There will always be a percentage of folks, mostly guys but not exclusively, that go down option 1 and suffer through whatever it is, coming out the other side a little more broken that when they went in. Long term losses in strength and movement quality but at least they kept going. Not so clever.


The rest of us, those that take the smart route, work round the issue and figure out the right fix. This is, in my opinion, the tougher of the 2 options to do since it calls for more discipline and dedication.

So, you have got an issue, what do you do?

Illness: everybody gets a sniffle or worse now and again, to train or not to train, that is the question!

Nobody wants to see a snotty, dribbling mess in the gym, looking like death and coughing and spluttering from exercise to exercise!

If you can’t breathe properly, have a temperature or feel dizzy, lethargic and weaker than a new born kitten, go home. Seriously, go home, have a lemsip and go to bed and sleep it off. Use what energy you have to get better and come back to training when you are ready.

Note: this is not a get out of jail free card for every time you can’t be arsed training. For sickos only.

Injury: sh!t happens. Deal with it.

Unless the injury is catastrophic and potentially life changing in its nature, you can almost always train around it. Barring Dr.s orders to lay off training completely for a short period, there is always stuff you can do to move things on.

Injured your arm? Train legs. Sprained ankle or broken foot? Train upper body, mostly pulling movements and some pressing.

Take the opportunity to work on weaknesses.

I’ve had clients break bones and suffer other injuries but due to their work ethic and commitment still get into the gym and together we figured out a suitable way to work around their issues and continue to make progress. You can too.

Other inconveniences: Life gets in the way sometimes. I know that there are a million and 1 things all vying for your attention and energy. From home life, to work and social engagements, there just aren’t enough hours in the day right? I would argue, no. Given 168 hours in the week, 4 x 45 min sessions make up a total of 3 hours out of the week. Or just under 2% of your week.

Everybody can and should make time for there own health and well being. It might mean getting up a little earlier to get a quick session in before work, or being prepared enough to get a lunchtime session in. Wherever you can, block out some time for you and get it done.

Trust me, you’ll feel better for it.

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