Fitness Friday: Stimulate, don't annihilate....

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We've all heard the old gym phrase, "No Pain, No Gain".  Well, there's some truth to that, but things have changed in the fitness world since those words were first coined.  Sure, in order to encourage muscle growth and strength we do need tax the muscle.  But there's a fine line between "the burn" we feel when we've really worked the muscle to its limit and injury.


In my gym, we used to say, "Stimulate, don't anihilate".  We want to stimulate the muscle for further growth, not anihilate it rendering it unusable for a period of time.  Unfortunately I would often see the latter when people would come in to begin their New Year's Resolutions.  Of course I never want to discourage anyone's enthusiasm when they're embarking on their new fitness routine, however I'm a pragmatist.  And as a pragmatist I want people to come back to the gym to work out another day rather than being laid up at home with an injury because they over did it at the gym.


Remember, the muscle is usually stronger than the connective tissue (ie. tendons and ligaments), and it's the connective tissue that usually gets injured in the gym.  So when returning to the gym after a long layoff the connective tissue needs to be strengthened just as much as the muscle does. So go easy on the weight you're lifting at first.  Allow the tendons and ligaments to get up to speed before you increase the load.  Start with higher repetitions seeking the "pump" in the muscle rather than trying to impress everyone with how much you can bench press.  After a few weeks add additional weight gradually.  I once read an article about Arnold Schwarzenneger and how he trained during his Mr. Universe days.  Arnold said that he would increase the weight on his exercises by as little as 5 pounds.  The additional 5 pounds was enough to STIMULATE a response from the muscle, but not so much that he would risk injury.  No one wins Mr. Olympia sitting on the couch nursing an injury.


So whether you're just getting back into the gym after an extended "gymcation" or you ARE training to be the next Mr. Universe, remember to STIMULATE your muscles to gain additional strength and size.  There's no need to ANNIHILATE them and risk injury or incur such severe muscle soreness it renders you immobile.


Here's to your health!



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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES 

Ya, you don't have to lift heavy to maintain a lean toned muscle mass. Good post

Jan 11, 2019 04:28 PM #1
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs - Olympia WA

Thanks for the tips and the motivation.  That photo alone is pretty motivating!

Jan 11, 2019 08:17 PM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Pain means damage.  to much pain is not good for the muscles

Jan 11, 2019 09:21 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I am a swimmer, who stays fairly fit for my age.  However, recently, on especially cold mornings when the pool was cooler than I liked, I sat in the jacuzzi and sometimes held onto the side while I kicked "laps" etc.,  I doubt the warm temps were as beneficial as the cooler pool temps, but it was a heckuva lot more enjoyable.

Jan 12, 2019 09:40 AM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES - This is excellent advice! I wish I had learned that years ago. "No pain. No gain." It caused me to quit! Pain speaks loudly!!!

Thanks for the great information. 

Jan 15, 2019 09:34 AM #5
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