Pendah’s Journey Continued (Part 7)

It is a common mistake of athletes and non-athletes to hit the gym a bit hard when attempting to get back on the track to get in shape. I personally have done this very thing to myself and have found myself overly sore the next few days. Hence, I did not want to return to the gym for days. We tend to view our workout as a race, perhaps a race against time.

Pendah, being human made the great human mistake of diving into her workout regime head first. Notice that I say head first. Pendah stopped listening to her body. So, after her three intense workouts with Derrick Cross, she drove to Ohio to see her friends from the Ohio Northern women’s basketball team. She scrimmaged with them. Please remember that when the doctor gave her a release to work out, it was a partial release with restrictions. After the scrimmage, she ran sprints up and down the gym floor with a friend. On one of her sprints, she finished with a bolt of pain in her knee and her leg.

Pendah drove home and hobbled into her parents’ house. She had a difficult time bearing weight on that leg. Her mother suggested that she get crutches. One can only imagine the thoughts that Pendah was thinking during this time. “Did I re-tear my ACL?” “My chances to get on the women’s basketball team are gone now!” I am not clear about all of her thoughts. She did go see her orthopedist. The diagnosis was that she hyperextended her knee. She did not tear anything again. She just hyperextended it. Pendah and I spoke about the message that she was getting from her knee since she stated that she had some degree of pain after each workout with Derrick. I stated that I thought that her social self, the part of her that wants to fit in was telling her to “Hurry up and get in shape!” Her social self was denying that rest was a good idea. Her essential self was speaking to her every time she had some pain in her knee. I can only guess at what that message was since I am not Pendah’s essential self. However, I would wonder if her body was asking for a bit of rest in addition to the exercise. We often think that resting is doing nothing. However, it is quite the opposite. It is a well- known fact that when you lift weights that you shouldn’t lift two days in a row. Why? The main reason you should not lift weights every day is that you won’t be allowing your muscles time to recover. Resting between workouts does not make you lazy. That is only what we think. That is our social self telling us to go faster, stronger and harder. When really resting allows us to return to a workout more refreshed, more energized and able to be very efficient. The same can be said for other ventures such as work not just exercising. This is a great lesson to learn and one that I hope Pendah does gleam some lessons in hindsight. Stay tuned to see Pendah’s progress.

Pendah’s Journey Continued (Part 7)

It is a common mistake of athletes and non-athletes to hit the gym a bit hard when attempting to get back on the track to get in shape. I personally have done this very thing to myself and have found myself overly sore the next few days. Hence, I did not want to return to the gym for days. We tend to view our workout as a race, perhaps a race against time.

Pendah, being human made the great human mistake of diving into her workout regime head first. Notice that I say head first. Pendah stopped listening to her body. So, after her three intense workouts with Derrick Cross, she drove to Ohio to see her friends from the Ohio Northern women’s basketball team. She scrimmaged with them. Please remember that when the doctor gave her a release to work out, it was a partial release with restrictions. After the scrimmage, she ran sprints up and down the gym floor with a friend. On one of her sprints, she finished with a bolt of pain in her knee and her leg.

Pendah drove home and hobbled into her parents’ house. She had a difficult time bearing weight on that leg. Her mother suggested that she get crutches. One can only imagine the thoughts that Pendah was thinking during this time. “Did I re-tear my ACL?” “My chances to get on the women’s basketball team are gone now!” I am not clear about all of her thoughts. She did go see her orthopedist. The diagnosis was that she hyperextended her knee. She did not tear anything again. She just hyperextended it. Pendah and I spoke about the message that she was getting from her knee since she stated that she had some degree of pain after each workout with Derrick. I stated that I thought that her social self, the part of her that wants to fit in was telling her to “Hurry up and get in shape!” Her social self was denying that rest was a good idea. Her essential self was speaking to her every time she had some pain in her knee. I can only guess at what that message was since I am not Pendah’s essential self. However, I would wonder if her body was asking for a bit of rest in addition to the exercise. We often think that resting is doing nothing. However, it is quite the opposite. It is a well- known fact that when you lift weights that you shouldn’t lift two days in a row. Why? The main reason you should not lift weights every day is that you won’t be allowing your muscles time to recover. Resting between workouts does not make you lazy. That is only what we think. That is our social self telling us to go faster, stronger and harder. When really resting allows us to return to a workout more refreshed, more energized and able to be very efficient. The same can be said for other ventures such as work not just exercising. This is a great lesson to learn and one that I hope Pendah does gleam some lessons in hindsight. Stay tuned to see Pendah’s progress.

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