No Pain, No Gain, No Brain

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This post has been in draft form for a while now. I suffered a pretty bad gym related injury last year. It was completely my own fault through lack of stretching before and after exercise. Not having enough time to train and a lack of room in the gym all contributed to this injury.


Having also suffered a foot injury I turned to: and they sorted the problem out straight away. I’ve labelled this post as “No pain, no gain, no brain.” We’ve all heard of “No pain, no gain” but what does it actually mean? Surely we’re not mean’t to be in actual pain when we train or after we train? The day after I’ve been in the gym, my body feels like it’s been in the gym. This is a good sign because it means I’ve activated the right muscle groups and my body is simply repairing itself. It’s important to have recovery days. I’m currently doing a one day on, one day off and training three times week.


I’ve learn’t a lot over the years and at the time of my injury I knew I was susceptible to one. I guess my head said “just do it” even though my set-up was wrong. Right now, I have the perfect set-up. Here’s a pic of one side of my gym wall:

Father Fitness Gym

The equipment above is a Weider machine, Everlast punch bag and a Loxley Suspension Trainer. I also have free weights, kettlebells, a range of barbells, weighted vests, a folding bench and various other small bits of equipment. I have my eye on some squat racks and also a pull-up and dip station.


So no more excuses and fingers crossed – no more injuries. No pain, no gain and definitely no brain.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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