Since November 2012 i was carrying a shoulder injury, i trained around it and competed with it and eventually had to take complete rest as i couldn’t even do a 2kg DB bench press.

Having to take time off from training to rest and recover is hard, but i see now the benefit to doing so. Rest is so under rated and too many of us train ourselves into the ground. I did this last year and trained non stop for 11 months preparing for and competing in 3 competitions. My body gave up and i got injured. I rested and feel so much better for it. I took 4-5 months off, no training at all. I didn’t gain weight, i didn’t lose weight, i ate the same and hardly lost any size. All the things i was worried about happening if i took time out didnt happen. What did happen was, rest and recovery for my whole body, my shoulder is strong and it only took me 6 weeks of strength training to regain the strength i had 5 months earlier. I thought it would take longer, but the rest i had enabled my body to bounce back.

If you are struggling with injury – take a break from training, see a sports therapist to rehab your injury back to full strength and don’t worry about losing all you have gained. Health is more important and if you eat well 80% of the time you wont get fat and you wont lose all your muscle mass. Take it from me

Lisa Cunningham