4) Pain is Different From Discomfort
People often ignore pain thinking they can push through the discomfort. Pain and discomfort are not the same. Pain is an intense distressing feeling caused by intense or damaging stimuli. It’s a signal that something is wrong. Discomfort put simply is your muscles crying inside your body.
Pain could be caused by poor technique or something that’s off inside the body. If you experience pain during a certain movement, then it’s in your best interest to find a variation of that that doesn’t cause pain.
“Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body” …or it could be a signal that you are slowly tearing your rotator cuff into uselessness. If you suspect your form is incorrect, reach out to an expert for some advice or coaching. If the pain persists, lay off that movement until you can see a clinician who is trained to deal with pain.
How To Get Started
While everyone has unique goals and starts at a different level of physical fitness, utilizing these basic principles will offer a foundation to get you started. Be sure to read A Beginners Guide To Strength Training For Swimmers.
It’s important to remember that different routines work for different people. Find something you enjoy and try to get a little bit better every day. Take responsibility for your strength training, and pick a safe, realistic program!