This may seem like voodoo magic, but there is a good amount of scientific evidence to support cross-education, and it is a method we use at the gym to help maintain a level of fitness while recovering from any injury. The goal is to always protect the injury. We do that by either avoiding the body part all together or doing movements that decrease the range of motion and/or stress on the injured side. If any motion does occur with the injury side, it must be pain-free or more modifications need to be made.
When our members become pregnant and are approved to exercise by their doctor, the same methodology is installed. As the woman progresses through the phases of pregnancy, the limitations increase. To continue exercising, we modify the workouts to the athlete’s comfort level and provide a safe environment for them to continue their fitness journey, which may mean completely changing the workouts all together.
Everyone has a limitation, but those limitations should not be your road barrier toward becoming a fitter version of yourself. I myself have had three ACL reconstruction surgeries before I was 21; four surgeries total on one knee. I have limitations, but that doesn’t stop me from pursuing fitness. My limitations do make me more mindful about how my body feels and the style of workout I perform.
The way I see it, we either acquire metabolic disease from the physical actions we don’t perform, or we acquire orthopedic problems from the wear and tear of taking physical actions. Exercising can’t make you immortal, but it can extend the years at which you are able to live. That doesn’t always mean you will be alive for more years. There are many people that have their lives extended by medications and medical interventions but cannot function outside of those modalities.