Is No Pain No Gain The Answer?


No Pain No Gain…


We really have to re-evaluate this statement as I feel we are not getting the most we can from it.

When it comes to pushing through pain. When it comes to bootcamp. I don’t think it needs to apply.

Because if you are feeling pain in a joint or a muscle and pushing through the pain… there is no gain to be had from this.

Pain is an evolutionary response that your body has created to protect you.

If you are in pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you to stop what you are doing to prevent seriously injuring yourself.

You do not have to nor do we expect you to push through this pain.

I wouldn’t do it. And I will never tell you to do something I wouldn’t do.

For example, if I feel pain in my knee during squats or split squats, I will stop what I am doing,  do some mobility for a few minutes until the knee feels better. If you do not know what to do in this situation, please ask one of our bootcamp coaches and we will be glad to help. Just doing this from time to time will dramatically affect the amount of times you feel the same pain while exercising in the future!

Or …. Even better idea…. Get in early and do mobility before the workout and feel less/no pain.

That’s Training with Longevity in Mind.

Longevity is Consistency.

Consistency is Results.

Separate pain from fatigue. Fatigue should be fought with every fibre of your body. If you are working hard in an exercise and getting tired, that is not pain! KEEP GOING!

If you are feeling fatigue in a muscle you should fight to stay in perfect form for as long as you can, feel the burn in your muscles, and stop when you can’t execute with perfect form.

Come to think of it…

The only place NO PAIN NO GAIN has any merit is when it pertains to the pain someone experiences in their life that drives them to make a change.

We’re talking about the situations where pain is the catalyst you need for gain.

Because AWARENESS precedes CHANGE.

And we all need to find that “pain” that drives us internally to truly find the gains in the gym and in life.

Awareness of your circumstance whether it be your physical capacity, fitness level, emotional/spiritual well being, or anything you want to change will bring pain.
Changing your habits to create a better circumstance for yourself brings gain.


Committed to your results,
Josh Saunders, BS, CSCS,
The Bootcamp Effect