by Coach Vanessa Dickens
You’re working out for a reason: to maintain or improve your health, to feel good, look good naked, or just plain have energy to make it through your day. But the biggest thing you can do for yourself is take a personal inventory to make sure you’re on your way to success.
I Have Pain During or Outside My Workout
Sometimes things get a little sore but there’s a big difference between a little stiffness or soreness that goes away with movement and pain. If it’s sharp, shooting or painful to use, stop and let your coach know so they can help you modify. In some cases, they may suggest you check in with a doctor, especially if the pain is chronic. There’s no sense pushing through pain just because it’s part of the workout. Getting hurt is not a goal for anyone.
I Feel Sick or Disoriented After I Workout
There are times in workouts you go all out and conquer, lying on the floor gasping for air but after a few minutes you’re ready to go home and eat! Then there are times you go overboard and afterwords, feel nauseous or even puke, sometimes needing more than a day to recover. These are not normal post-workout sensations, nor is feeling dizzy or light-headed on a regular basis after a workout. These can be signs that you are over doing it and not addressing the reasons: lack of hydration, improper nutrition, lack of sleep, etc. can make workouts something you don’t look forward to or gain benefits from.
Do I Compare Myself to Everyone Else?
Remember, it’s your workout, your competition is you! Are you better than last time? Can you go faster, is your form improving, can you pace appropriately and walk away with a smile? These are the things that really count, not the time or reps of the person working out next to you. If you feel the need to compare, compare yourself to your past self, that’s the way to improve your workout.
Do I Have a Goal?
The trouble with not having a goal is you might spend your life running up and down the field and never score. Pick one, make one! We have our goal board for a reason! You’re at Paramount because you care about your health and fitness and we do too! Talk to your coaches for guidance. Come in before the warmup to master your basic skills, pay close attention to the lessons and work for great form before strength.