Jay, Big George, and I all weigh over 200 pounds and we are not spring chickens. Yet we keep gaining muscle year after year and we haven’t suffered a serious training injury in several years. How is this possible?
Injury prevention is everything, especially in your late 20s, 30s, and 40s.
(This is my gym bag, Jay’s gym bag, and Big George’s Beatie Ball setup.)
In our latest podcast, we tell you how to treat and avoid training injuries.
Click play or download it on SoundCloud.
(We even show you how to make friends in the gym.)
We cover a lot of ground:
- The myth that pull-ups are necessary for back development.
- How HIT training can prevent most injuries.
- Why Jay and Mike use JumpStretch bands with doing pull-ups.
- (Is it beta that we use purple bands?)
- How to make friends at the gym.
- Foam rolling and warm-ups.
- Read Danger & Play’s take on Trigger Point Therapy.
- Why you should never do static stretching before training.
- How to properly warm up: “Treat a light weight like it’s heavy.”
- Active Release Therapy: What does it do and how badly does it hurt?
We also talk about specific tools and toys we use to warm-up and prevent injuries.
We use and recommend:
- Trigger Point Performance Self Myofascial Release Starter Set (here)
- Theracane (here)
- Triggerwheel (here)
- Trigger Point Performance The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller (here)
- Beastie ball (here)
What did I buy Jay for Christmas?
The Five Principles of Injury Prevention.
#1. If it hurts, don’t do it, even if the muscle comics tell you, “Real men do pull ups!”
#2. Don’t train with ego or momentum.
#3. Employ strategic deconditioning to gain muscle while simultaneously healing injuries.
#4. Do HIT style training.
#5. See an Active Release Technique expert and learn to love your foam roller.