"The Number One All Time Worst Defense of a Movement
by David Maurice
"Iíve done Lift W for X amount of time and it has never bothered me."
This is equivalent to the following:
"Iíve smoked for X amount of time and I havenít come down with cancer, or emphysema, or any of the other terrible things that are attributed to smoking."
"Iíve drunk a 12 pack of beer every night for X amount of time, and my liver hasnít caused me any problems."
Certainly if a movement hurts you, you shouldnít do it. But absence of pain does not indicate an absence of damage. The movements typically identified as dangerous donít usually cause a sudden pain. Rather, they cause deleterious changes to take place in the cartilage, bursae, or other structures in joints which are lacking in nerves to signal pain. When a person feels pain, it isnít in their cartilage; it is in those structures that the cartilage was intended to protect.
Get a grip on this: many injuries are not acute (sudden) but are cumulative in nature. That means that over time, over repetitions of deleterious lifting practice, some tissue or structure undergoes degenerative changes.
Get a grip on this: when you start to feel the pain, the damage has been done, and it is often not reversible. Cartilage, for example, does not remodel quickly, and degenerates with age even without extra abuse.
Get a grip on this: just like smoking and heavy drinking, bad lifting does manifest itself as bad damage in all individuals. That doesnít mean it is safe.
Get a grip on this: performing a bad lift slowly, no matter how slowly, or with "perfect" form, can only reduce the risk. There is nothing you can do that will compensate for putting your bodyís structures in loading situations for which they are not suited.
Get a grip on this: for every bad lift that can be identified, there are safer alternatives which can offer equivalent growth.
When you hear or read that a lifting movement is dangerous, there is probably a reason why. You should take the time to learn what that reason is, and to understand it. It may be a bad reason given against a perfectly good safe lift, but you wonít know that unless you take the time to understand the reason and how your body works. Information is too readily available for anyone to justify harboring an uninformed opinion. An explanation for why any particular movement is damaging can be found with moderate effort. If you have the time to devote to reading about lifting and discussing lifting, you certainly have the time to devote to learning about how your body works.
If you find yourself using the argument at the top of this article, The Number One All Time Worst Defense of a Movement, then check yourself. Drop the argument, step back, and investigate.
If you find somebody else using The Number One All Time Worst Defense of a Movement then ask them to read this article.
Learn from everyone's mistakes, and share that knowledge."
"They will spend their nights dreaming of six-pack
abs and a rock hard physique, little do they realize eventually we will reach
our goal and they will be dreaming of the body we walk around with every
dayÖonly then will they understand." -- Severed Ties
"There are 6 billion people in this world, and I'm #1." -- me
Ronan should like this one.
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Sav, if you stay in denial you will never make progress.
Get a grip on this, Cack-you will never be as strong as me.
Good article btw!
Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
@165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
@181- 515 SQ 295 BE 570 DL.....1375 total
Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
@148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
@165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
@181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
515 SQ 302.5 BE 585 DL
Great article Cack, i think that is something everyone should think about, not just Ronan Hey latman, cack may never be as strong as you, but you will never be as strong as me, muhaaaaaa. By the way Sav, the last time I checked, you and Ronan weren't connected at the hip .
May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you're dead.