Why are you training?

Todd Nief

In this episode, Todd & Paul discuss the five "whys" of training.

At SLSC, we see a lot of people with a lot of different goals. Some are motivated primarily by aesthetics – they want to look good with their shirt off. Others are motivated by long-term health – they got some scary blood results back from their doctor or they have kids and want to be healthy long-term as their children grow up. There's also people who want to find their maximum physical potential in sport – whether that's in CrossFit or in something like distance running or rugby. And, to be completely honest, a lot of people have mixed goals or haven't fully investigated what they want. They may say that they want to lift more weight and get better over time, but they really want to look a certain way at the pool.

Each of these goals is equally valid. There's no value judgment on someone's "why" behind training.

However, the best practices for each of these goals is different.

We see a lot of confusion and conflation surrounding the way that people train for competition, the way people train for aesthetics, and the way people train for health.

There's a lot of information and advice floating around, a lot of which is being misapplied to people with different goals. A bodybuilding stage prep diet is a great way to get super lean for a competition, but a horrible way to prepare for a CrossFit competition or to lose weight for long-term health and wellness. A lactate endurance protocol is a great way to peak for a CrossFit competition, but is a horrible way to develop every day fitness for an over-stressed office worker.

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Liz Yerly of Chicago Recovery Room on Injury Prevention and Recovery for Athletes

Liz Yerly

This is the first interview that we've done for the South Loop Strength & Conditioning podcast, and our guest is Liz Yerly of The Chicago Recovery Room.

Liz has a plethora of letters after her name: MPT (Master of Physical Therapy), ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer), LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) & CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist). While certifications don't necessarily mean much in the grand scheme of things, her devotion to continuing education gives her a unique perspective on both treating injured athletes and helping people maximize their performance.

Liz works as a physical therapist and also has relationships with local CrossFit gyms, the Association of Volleyball Professionals and the Chicago Performing Arts Team.

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Learn More About Liz & The Chicago Recovery Room

Resources Mentioned

Other links – Liz sent over a few more resources after the fact



Continuing Education

Show Notes

  • Difference in licensure between physical therapy, athletic training and massage therapy
  • What kind of clients are treated by the Recovery Room?
  • What is the relationship between recovery and soreness? What role does lymph play?
  • What's the deal with the ice controversy? Does contrast therapy change this at all?
  • When should active recovery be used and how much is too much?
  • Is there a reliable way to measure recovery – like HRV (heart rate variability)?
  • What can people accomplish through self-care (foam rolling, stretching) and when should they get treated?
  • How can you differentiate between mobility issues and motor control issues?
  • How much can psychosomatic effects add to chronic pain issues?
  • How can people differentiate between "pain" and "discomfort" when training?
  • What are some things to consider when balancing training and recovery for long-term athletic development?
  • How do you convince motivated, Type A people that it's ok to take time off from training?
  • What type of continuing education do you find valuable?

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