Progression is something best done at a slow and steady pace. Whether we’re talking about volume, intensity or frequency, we need to be cognizant of how quickly we ramp up the stress we’re putting on our bodies.
Think about it this way – many elite runners out there consistently put in 50+ miles a week. But they didn’t start that way. Their bodies adapted over time so that they could handle the stress. Similarly, many elite bodybuilders bench more than 300 pounds. But they didn’t start that way. Their joints and musculature adapted over time so that they could handle the stress. Unfortunately, it takes sustaining an injury for many of us to realize this. Our lack of patience with our progress and our egos lead us down a dangerous path.
Remember this always: Missing a rep, set or day isn’t going to destroy your progress, but getting injured certainly can.
I would encourage all of you to err on the side of caution with your bodies. Recovering from an injury can be a long and exhausting process.
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