All day long I get to talk to clients about these two subjects. Today I was talking with a patient who does long cardio runs. He is as stiff as a board…I suggested he drop his long runs and replace them with sprints. With all the extra time he’ll have, he can foam roll and stretch. That will help him get rid of his chronic low back pain.
Another client is exercising for 90 minutes at a time…I said “How about shortening your workout from four sessions of 90 minutes each to 3 sessions per week of 30 minutes?” I said just make sure you give it your all and lift heavier weights for fewer reps and fewer sets! Now he’ll have time to foam roll and stretch. That will help him get rid of his chronic low back pain.
There are a lot of variables I can change in a persons workout. It all depends on your goals and current physical status. I don’t change everybodies workout routine, but if I see that the current workout is contributing to symptoms, I need to change it up. I want excellent results for my clients, not average results! You may not have a way of knowing what’s giving you the greatest benefit vs. what might not be helping you, or worse, what might be causing symptoms or slowing you down. I use the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to help me sort that out.