The pressure to proverbially "jump in with both feet" on January 1st comes at us from all directions. Radio ads for gym memberships, fitness related posts on social media and the deceivingly simple "5 steps to rock hard abs" articles in magazines are all pushing the "new-year new-you" message. This combined with the post Holiday guilt of indulging in excessive eating and drinking gives some the push they need to commit to an exercise plan.
Two guys were paired up at the gym, taking turns performing the same workout routine. Like a drill-sergeant, one guy pushed his friend to lift more than he was comfortable lifting. Relentlessly, he urged his friend to keep going despite the magnitude of his struggle. Praise of "good" form and a pat on the back was given to the friend after each lift. His form was cringe-worthy at the start of the workout and had only worsened as he was pushed to complete exhaustion.
Eventually the man being pushed hurt his back during a lift. He opted to "walk-it-off" on the treadmill for the remainder of his workout, while the drill-sergeant hurt himself in a similar fashion minutes later.
Blind leading the blind.
My intent is not to deter any of you from trying to reach the goals you've set for yourself in 2016. I would just like to emphasize the importance of seeking the guidance and feedback from those who work in the health/fitness industry (i.e. strength coaches, kinesiologists, licensed health professionals) and make appropriate progressions toward those goals.
I'm sure you wouldn't seek legal council from someone with no expertise in legal matters. Why should your health and wellbeing be any different?