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Change Your Approach

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

– I first heard this from Tony Robbins at a training in 2005  (original source is Rita Mae Brown and others).

Dealing with a few injuries over the past couple months I’ve had to change-up my approach to training.

An issue with my hip and low back led my to question how I spend most of my waking hours working at a desk, prompting the use of a motorized sit/stand desk. Just a couple of hours a day of standing at work and my hip pain vanished.

An issue with my feet (plantar fascia pain following copper canyon) has me using shoes with a bit more cushioning – Brooks Racer ST’s –  until my feet heal completely.

As issue with my knee (medial knee strain) has me changing my bike position and equipment. Turns out my road bike and older pedals with less float don’t cause me pain, while my new Time Trial bike hurts like hell, despite having it professionally fit by two different bike fitters. Even though the pedals on my new bike (Speedplay Zero’s) are supposed to be great for people with knee issues (and actually prevent issues from developing), for me, these pedals don’t make my knees happy!

My point in all this is that if you are not getting the results you expect, try talking to as many informed people as you can, assess ALL the options and change-up your approach. You never know what little detail could be the missing link.

7 comments

    • YogiRavi says:

      Thanks a lot! I heard it from Tony Robbins years ago and assumed it was his. I’ll edit the post to reflect that.

  1. Caroline says:

    I have the same issues with R hip and intermittent low back pain, the latter probably due to bad posture when sitting. Hopefully Pilates will help. I am failing to understand how your motorised desk could settle the pb with your hip unless you had it addressed by insole and/or platform and/or weight training etc …

    Are you still keen on Vibram Five Fingers? Are you still in the adaptation period?

    • YogiRavi says:

      Hey there, I don’t know how it helped either, but it did! When I stand I focus on good posture, and I also tend to slip off my shoes (I wear sandals at work a lot) and stand barefoot so maybe that is it.

      As for Vibram’s, I’m not running in them often any more, though walk around in them occassionally. I want to start using them again for shorter runs (less than 30 minutes) but until my plantar fasci issue heals I’m not going to risk it. For me, I’ve put in most of my miles in super lightweight running shoes (Brooks Green Silence) which give me a lot of the benefits of minimal running with full foot protection and a little more support. Do you use the Vibrams?

      • Caroline says:

        No I don’t wear Vibram, however I find the idea of strengthening lower legs and landing on the fore foot very attractive. If running more naturally can prevent some injuries, more of the better. I am curious about the experience of people running in Vibrams on regular base. I have some biomechanical anomaly on my right leg/foot that make wearing insoles obligatory.
        You have been wearing them for nearly two years (?), are there any drawbacks? What upsides have you observed?

  2. muralidharan says:

    My humble submission on the subject ‘Change Your Approach’ follows: Root of the neck, lower back, knees, feet, wrist etc., are all compressed. Imagine each as line segments AB, B being the problem end point. Notice that B bears the brunt of the force coming from A and beyond A. B is either lower end of a vertical segment or the joint that cumulatively bears other non gravitational forces like repetitive non vertical forces. Only way to reverse this is to stand upside down or to keep the head up and a little forward all the times(even when running), the latter being the easiest. I get the picture of a humming bird hanging in the air, flapping wings rapidly without injury. See Alexander Technique and Yoga combination. The former holds the pose and the latter flows the breath smoothly and once the former becomes a habit, consciousness will be more on breath as the body will take care of itself. This we know as children.

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