Signs Your Fitness Program Might End in Injury

We want to continue our series on personal fitness with a deeper look at the key elements that can stop your fitness journey dead in its tracks: injuries and plateaus.

In our last post, we talked about the importance of a personal trainer really “getting personal” and creating a plan that fits your specific needs. We circled around the idea that there are a lot of impersonal trainers out there in the world who are prescribing their clients one-size-fits-all programs, and we think that is bad representation of the personal training business.

The importance of finding a trainer who will go beyond watching you do squats and planks, and a trainer who is willing to get to know you, your goals, and motivations, is not just important to make you feel good, but it is important to make you successful, keep you healthy, and to keep you safe. Because nothing halts the path to optimal health and fitness like an injury.

Let’s dive in and look at some common red flags that your current program may end in injury or plateau.

Signs Your Fitness Program Might End in Injury

  1. Learning from the Past: Your trainer has not asked you in depth questions about past injuries.

  2. Daily Check-In: At the start of every session, your trainer is not checking in with you on how you are feeling that day.

  3. Too Much, Too Soon: The day after a session, you are in intense pain walking and/or have difficulty getting up off the toilet.

  4. Over-training: If your physical performance is not improving, or perhaps getting worse, you are being over-trained. If the same workout you did last week, seems harder this week, you are being over-trained.

  5. Bad Form: If your trainer is more concerned with you finishing the reps than your form, that is a very bad sign. Poor form is what leads to injuries.

  6. Exhaustion: You should feel energized after a workout. If you are feeling exhausted and completely depleted, you are either being worked too hard or too often. In this vein, it is just as important that your trainer check-in with you post-workout as it is that they check in with you pre-workout.

If any of the above scenarios are familiar in your current training regimen, we encourage you to take a step back and re-evaluate your program and your trainer.

You might think that experiencing the above red flags means that you are working so hard that you will meet your goals in faster time. And that is possible.

But a greater possibility is that your body is going to end up injured and all your fitness goals will be put on an indefinite hold.

Another endpoint you could experience if your trainer is not “getting personal” with you is that you can start to plateau. Fitness plateaus are incredibly frustrating and give you little motivation to continue on your path. Quite frankly, plateaus are why a lot of people give up or get burnt out on their routines.

A lot of the red flags we mentioned above also apply to signs that your plan might lead to plateaus. For example, your muscles should be fatigued after your workout and your trainer should be checking in with you on that. If you are not fatigued, chances are the intensity of your workouts needs to increase or you will stop seeing improvements.

Additionally, if your performance is not improving and you are NOT experiencing the kind of exhaustion mentioned in #6 above, that is another sign you are not pushing yourself hard enough and eventually your lack of progress will put you in a place of low motivation

It’s an interesting balance between working too hard and not working hard enough. One can end in injury and the other in a plateau. Both of which cause many people to give up on their goals and both are things a great personal trainer should be managing and balancing on your behalf.