When I was 15 years old I got dragged out of a campsite swimming pool at 1 in the morning…
And then dragged by security, dripping in my underwear, in front of all the holidays goers to their amusement
Thankfully they didn’t throw us off the campsite…
But fuelled by a days drinking of Kronenberg 1664 it seemed like a great idea at the time
Although how often does a lot of stuff seem like a good idea at the time?
A common observation as a coach and trainer is when people like you bite off more than you can chew
A good example being a runner who feels awesome so cracks up their running mileage for the week by 50%…
Only to then have injury niggles 3-4 weeks later
Or if you train in your local Solihull gym, and feel great so squat an extra 20kg…
And then the day after twinge your back and can’t lift for a fortnight
The issue of managing your training so its strikes the balance between not too much, but not too little is a fundamental
In fact its an art…
In the runner example, if you do such a thing as jumping up your running volume, research we conducted in pro sport showed injuries had a lag time of 3-5 weeks to rear their ugly face
Equally in the squatting example, injury issues also tend to build up, with tell-tale signs proceeding the moment, such as tightness and pains
SO WHAT TO DO?
If I had to summarise the solution it would be based on one word
In both scenarios you end up injured and set back because you hadn’t progressed
You’d just jumped
Instead of going from 40 to 45 miles for the week, you’d gone from 40 to 60 miles for the week
In the gym instead of going 2.5kg higher, you’ve flew up by 20kg
In the many injury scenarios I have seen over the years, the vast majority, in retrospect, show a period of ‘jumping’ rather than ‘progressing’ before an injury
So the simple antidote for you?
Steady and slight progressions, not sudden, significant jumps = optimal results in strength, fitness and performance
Dave ‘no more camping holidays’ Cripps