What do you want?
Strength? Aesthetics? More athletic ability?
It’s important to know because the goal you choose will determine the steps you take take, as well as the precautions you may have to consider.
A few weeks ago I got the email every coach hates to get.
It read something like the following:
“JC, Really Bad news.. We had an Alumni Rugby game this Saturday, and I went up for a kickoff and got hit wrong, landed on the ball and broke two ribs.. I can’t workout or run or anything for 4-6 weeks. What am I supposed to do now?”
This is the worst. Here we have someone who started off so well, only to be derailed by an injury.
While most people won’t find themselves breaking ribs too often, injuries incurred from physical activity are bound to happen the longer you’re pushing your limits.
Something I always discourage clients from is activity that interferes with their primary goal, as well as those that come with high risk and little reward.
This is why I highly discourage my otherwise inexperienced clients (those who have no previous athletic experience) from sprinting, or even going for long jogs as a part of their cardio plan.
Intervals? Sometimes, but only as long as the impact is low, and controlled. (more…)