The story of most powerlifters, bodybuilders, and serious athletes is a series of injuries. The most common reason competitors cease competing is because of major injuries or a collection of nagging injuries. Strength gains, mass gains, body composition accomplishments – they’re all one injury away from fading away, sometimes permanently.
So what makes it happen? Are our bodies just breaking down under the load of a difficult training regime, or is there a secret factor that causes these injuries?
There is a factor, but it’s no secret. Most injuries are caused by one primary factor: ourselves. Either by pushing too hard (overtraining), not giving your body what it needs (nutrition), or accident (external or internal), things are not going to go exactly how you planned.
It’s easy to get into a more is better mindset, especially when your workouts call for progressively increasing resistance or difficulty. If you’re trying a workout out of a magazine, or something your buddies cooked up, it might not be a bad idea to show it to a personal trainer and get their opinion before you start doing it, or at least several knowledgeable friends.