SPOILER ALERT: Creating a pain-free program is much easier than you thought!
You read that correctly. Creating a pain-free fitness program is much simpler than you may believe. It really takes a simple paradigm shift. Many fitness professionals may claim they have the one and only program that’s going to propel you into the peak fitness stratosphere.
If I may be honest, that is absolute b.s. The reality is, proper programming coupled with sound nutrition (which we will get into in another article) yields the results you want depending on what your goals are. The one non-negotiable in all intelligent fitness programming is the off-set of movement patterns.
Now what exactly do I mean by off-setting movement patterns? Off-set movement patterns simply means this: Anytime you press (Bench Press) you pull ( Seated Cable Row). Anytime you press overhead ( Barbell Press) you pull (chin-up). If you Deadlift…..guess what? You Squat. Having this balance of Horizontal Press with Horizontal Pull, Vertical Press with Vertical Pull, Lower Body Pull with Lower Body Press will more times than not ensure that you will be keep a proper balance of all movements. This is a large component to pain-free programming.
The last part that ties in Pain-Free Programming is implementing proper flexibility and mobility movements which we will absolutely cover in future Flow Fitness Articles. Until then, think about off-setting movements and how you can implement them in your programming going forward!