If you’re a sports coach with a historic knee problem who is excited to help clients avoid suffering from knee pain like you did, then pay careful attention to this knee pain strength training tip so you can make a hugely valuable contribution, without having to specialise in injuries.
The critical tip is: Multidirectional Movement Is More Effective Than Repetition
My friend “Ben” experienced the power of this for himself recently. Here’s what happened…
“Ben” is in his 50s and loves working out. He’s a busy guy and doesn’t have time to get to the gym, but he follows a training plan each week that’s written for him and based on the equipment he has at his house.
He loves it, but recently the stresses of work have been pushing him to his limits and has been struggling for the energy to train as hard as usual and has felt like it’s taking longer for him to recover too.
“Ben” is in great shape. He’s super proud of the number of full bodyweight pushups he can do, given that just a few years ago, he was a medically ticking time bomb.
But when he was challenged to do pushups in a variety of different ways, he was shocked to find that not only was he doing the pushups sitting down on the floor, but also that he was more tired than he imagined the next day!
This simple experience helped “Ben” to realise just how vulnerable his body had become to injury (a simple variation in body position meant that he felt weak) but also how much stronger and more resilient he could actually become if he continued to strengthen his body through a variety of different directions.
Plus, this was a new challenge for his brain too!
Now, not only was he excited for his workouts again, but he knew that doing his pushups like this would mean that he wouldn’t need to spend as much time on mobility.
The main idea that most people overlook is that you can achieve so much more with strength training if you open your mind.
And what this really means is you can save time and effort during your sessions because you can combine mobility and strength training together.
This strength training tip is key because if you’re solely focused on “correct” form, your clients will be more vulnerable to injury, spend more time on mobility and will actually be much weaker overall.
My advice at this point is to take one traditional strength training exercise… like squats for example (they’re a great way to help clients avoid knee pain) and play with all the different ways you could vary them.
Obviously, don’t start with weights… that’s a path to certain injury, but take your mind out of “correct” for a second – in fact, do it “wrong” on purpose!
Thought this was cool? Well, strength training is just one part of the Injury Hacking framework, which I’ll teach you for FREE so you can help clients avoid suffering from knee problems like you did! You can get the entire training here