I have invested far too much in seeking precise answers to questions that I know have no clear ones. Chief among these questions is this…
Just because we are capable of doing something physical, and we can refer to it as a form of exercise, does it mean that we should take that action…?
My formula for answering this question has (almost) always defaulted to the risk/reward ratio. That is, does the risk involved with performing the exercise outweigh the reward…?
I think I have spent the last couple of decades making what I think are good choices based on using the risk/reward formula, both for me as well as for my clients.
Even so, there are times when I step under a bar to do a squat or lay on a bench to push a weight vertically away from my body, and I will ask myself if this is the right thing to do. If I am wrong, and I am wearing myself out prematurely or putting myself at risk then that’s on me.
If, however, I ask a client to stand under a bar, to jump, or even to twist, turn or bend, and I haven’t fully analyzed and applied the risk/reward ratio, not only am I a bad trainer, I’m also an ass.
On the surface, I always feel as though I am doing the right thing, but deep down I wonder, and I guess I always will… Jhciacb
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