If you attempt to ignore pain? Then if you continue, you’ll certainly change. You can be the one with a pulled hamstring. The one with a knee injury. The one who had to be rushed to the hospital after a heart attack. The one with a hernia and tendinitis and a permanently limited range of motion.
If you’re in pain, then it’s often best to stop and evaluate exactly what’s going on. If it is simply soreness and light discomfort, you can often fix the issue by slowing down, taking a short break or decreasing the intensity of your exercise. But if it’s pain, straight up pain, then you’ve got to stop until you know how to end it.
Pain occurs when you are pushing your body too far, when you’re already injured, or when you’re exercising with the wrong form. No good will ever come from trying to work through that. Even if you survive for a while without injury, exercising through pain is going to damage your body in the long run.
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This sport is a sport of heart. You’re gonna get hurt in there, and you’re gonna get tired. Not only will your body start to fatigue, but your mind will fatigue. In the course of battle you can find a hundred reasons to give up. But you’ve gotta find that one reason to stay in there. One reason to stay in the fire. That’s the guy that wins, every single time.
Chael P. Sonnen