No pain, no gain; you’ve likely heard this old mantra before, or maybe you’ve heard something similar like, “push through the pain.”
Either way, when it comes to exercising and strength training this isn’t always the best advice. While you can push through your muscles burning, anytime you feel a sharp sting or aches that aren’t associated with your muscles (like joints) it’s best to stop immediately.
Burning and pumped muscles can lead to you getting stronger, but sharp joint pains can lead to serious injury. Plus, if you are working out with a trainer they should be able to point you towards another exercise that will eliminate your discomfort!
Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.