Anyone who wants to achieve a high level of performance in sports can not avoid a hard and often painful workout. "Being able to bite yourself" is a basic prerequisite for sporting success in many sports. "Pain" means to get the last out of the body, so that the performance level can be increased in the long term. "Gain" is the immeasurable feeling of success that finally pays off after months of hard drag. Below we want to explain to you how the words "pain" and "gain" can be applied to a workout.

What does the strength athlete understand by the term "pain"?

In certain sports, the training intensity is set to the power limit, since the athlete should train his movements to muscle failure. These Training method then leads to a painful "muscle burning" that many athletes call "Pain" especially in weight training. This training method is often used for muscle growth, so that the muscle receives the most effective training stimulus. Many strength athletes therefore believe that they have not trained properly when they feel no pain in the muscles. But not always is this training method successful, especially not when training too much. It can with this training method, a so-called overtraining arise, which makes the strength athletes injury-prone and sustained powerless. That's why weight training does not always mean No Pain - No Gain. In this sport, the athlete must train intelligently and always find a balance between training sessions and regeneration phases.

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"Pain" in martial arts

Martial arts require a lot of discipline and a great body control in the training sessions. The superiority of the martial artist is particularly evident in his physical fitness. That is why it is very important in this sport that the athlete trains to the maximum performance level. This is especially evident in boxing, where the fight is often decided by the better condition of the boxer. Even the insertion of punches and kicks is part of the everyday training program, so the basis of the training sessions is the hardening of the body against external influences. The athlete learns the clean execution of the technique only by infinite repeats, which are learned in a hard drill. Only those who can take on this training drudgery and the associated physical pain will be able to gain their success from this type of training in the long term. In contrast to strength athletes is not trained to muscle failure, but the heart rate increased by a continuous hard drill training in the long term.

"Pain" in endurance sports

The term "pain" has a special meaning in marathon, triathlon or cycling. At the latest when the feet bleed, the athlete is no longer in control of his movement or can not breathe, the athlete knows what pain in the sport. A health athlete has no business in this squad. Any successful endurance athlete can not overcome his "inner bastard" without painful training. If you want to improve your performance limit in the long term, you will not be able to achieve sustainable success without Pain. Especially in endurance sports, pain is felt particularly intense, since the athlete often has to walk or swim a long distance alone without being able to compete with another athlete. Endurance athletes must learn to cope on their own and also to endure their pain alone. In martial arts, the athlete can distract himself with his training partner or in ball sports, the pain is displaced by the game with the ball. In endurance sports, this is often not possible because only stupid racetracks must be completed. Here a very high mental potential is demanded, so that in the long run the pain can be endured on a 42 kilometer long marathon route.

"Pain" in ball sports

Ball sports such as football, handball or basketball have the advantage that the sports equipment ball motivates the athlete while forgetting the pain during the training sessions. The deflection by the ball has a high motivational factor and can also ensure that the performance can be increased slowly and continuously. The training with the ball and the training partner has a high motivational factor, which can lead to lasting success. In training sessions of ball sports, it is not the purpose of the training intervals that is trained to the pain threshold. This requires the technology and gaming intelligence that are promoted through creative and performance-oriented training programs.

No pain no gain

This saying certainly has its meaning in many sports. Especially for athletes who bring certain genetic and physical conditions for their preferred sport, the training session can increase the lasting success in their athletic balance to the pain threshold. But it can also be a hindrance in certain sports, if training is constantly up to the pain threshold. If the athlete has a trainer at his side, he has to be able to distinguish the balance between "pain", motivation and intelligent training methods and to use them wisely in his training program. The previous sports have made it clear that No Pain - No Gain is often indispensable for success, but can also be a hindrance. The choice of the sport always decides whether the athlete will end up with physical and mental success with training to the limit of pain, so you and your trainer always have to decide for themselves whether No Pain - No Gain really makes sense in your sport.

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