You are heading to the gym and you are eager to start your fitness journey, goals are set and program is in hand. There are certain movements and exercises you want to avoid because of pain and you are physically unable to perform.

Why is that? Some of us ignore the fact that we are hurting or physically can not move well. Most of the time those people end up badly hurt or out for a certain amount of time, just to go back in training and have the same thing happen over and over again.

We all have certain goals we want at the gym; strength, cardio, aerobic or anaerobic conditioning, general fitness  (weight loss, build muscle mass), sports specific you name it.

But no matter what your goals are, a lot of us fail to look at certain factors to prevent repetitive injuries such as; Mobility, Flexibility, & Proper Breathing. Given some of us may have some medical issues that will prevent us from moving a certain way, we need to learn how our bodies work so you can identify what is tight, what hurts, and what is not working properly.

My goal here is to educate you on what you should look at before starting any exercise program and for you to learn more about your body and how it moves so you are aware of what is going on at all times.

1) Check Your Mobility

Mobility is the ability of a joint to move freely.

Having great mobility not only helps your joints move in it’s natural range of motion (ROM), it also keeps them healthy, improves posture, and reduces your risk of injury. If you are someone who is looking to start general training, strength training or functional training, you need to spend some time improving your joint ROM.

We are all in some type of pain; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, and the list goes on. Ask yourself this, “Does it make sense to load these joints when they are already in pain?” Your answer should be a hard NO!

There are other factors that can cause pain but here are some basic tests to check if you have good joint ROM, try these out before you start any program.