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Pain v. Performance: An Interesting Paradox

by GEOFFN on January 2

Just got back from training where I experienced some very interesting results.

I am programming my Olympic lifting training back in.

Yesterday I snatched lightly and performed a snatch-based chain.

Today, I performed Presses and barbell FSQs.

Neither day was anything to write home about performance-wise. But both days felt “interesting.” I felt more solid – more grounded than I have in a very long time. The last 6 weeks paid off apparently. But as I said, nothing special in the gym except this:

Pain inhibits performance.

Today, it didn’t.

When working back into barbell FSQs, the pressure in my elbows is less than comfortable. I’m able to block it out while under the bar, but afterward, it’s, well, painful.

Knowing this, I tested various ranges of motion: unilateral shoulder flexion, both arms, and then the torso flexion with locked knees. Both tested better after each successive set of FSQs. Except for the last one, where my gut was telling me not to do it, but I did it anyway. (You’d think I’d learn…)

What does this mean?

I have no idea.

Really, I don’t care to either. I’m just going to note it and move on.

I guess sometimes theory is just theory.

We’ll see how this holds up day-to-day and with a substantial increase in load. Of course I will be testing everything each training session and reporting back.

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