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I only work with women. . . and I like it that way! Women are generally pretty tough. Women, for the most part, tend to work through aches and pains. Most of the time my clients show up to workout whether or not they are feeling 100%. So, when should you show up or not go to the gym to workout?
Flu? Fever? Hacking Cough? When our kids are sick, we keep them home from school. Adults should follow those same rules. Stay home when you have a fever, any sort of stomach bug, or have a serious cough or other ailment that is contagious. I love my clients dearly, but I don’t want to get sick! Verdict: Stay home!
A visit from “Aunt Flo”? Yeah, I’ve been there and know all about female issues. However, most of the time, you will feel better after you’ve worked out. Moving will help relieve cramps and bloating. Verdict: Go to the gym!
Hangover? Late night? Yes, I’ve had a couple of cancellations due to hangovers and late nights! I live in Wisconsin, after all. Beer is one of the major food groups here. Exercise might make you feel better. . . if it doesn’t, go home afterwards, take a couple of Tylenol, then take a nap. Besides, not only did you drink heavily the night before, but you probably ate too much as well. Verdict: Go to the gym!
Sore back? Stiff knee? Achy shoulder? Most of my clients are women between the ages of 40-60. We ALL have issues. We all have aches and pains. Most of the time, it’s hard to get a good read from my clients when they have pain. Most of the time, they work through pain and don’t always tell me about it! If a client has something that completely sidelines her, I recommend that she stays home until she is well. If there is some sort of chronic ache, I usually recommend that she comes in and at least work on mobility and basic movements. Sometimes, we avoid the affected area altogether. Personally, if I’m particularly sore or my back is bothering me, I’ll just work on basic movement and flexibility. Sometimes my warm-up and mobility work takes longer than my actual workout! Verdict: Injured? Go to the doctor! Sore, stiff, and achy? Go to the gym and move . . . you’ll probably feel better. . . make sure you tell your trainer what issues you are having every workout.
Eh? I’m just not feeling it today. I hear these words daily, “I’m tired.” “I’m not feeling it today.” “I really wanted to cancel today.” On a day when I’ve got a full schedule, I’m bound to have someone who isn’t motivated to move, but they show up! When they leave, I usually hear, “I’m glad I came today.” Enough said. Verdict: Go to the gym! (You’ll be glad you did.)
Most of the time, I want my clients to show up. Unless they are throwing up, have a fever or are injured, there is something they can do. Sometimes a good workout can be more about flexibility and mobility than it is about lifting heavy things off the ground.