I went to the physio today for a non-lifting related injury, and when asked about hobbies she sat bolt upright when I said weight lifting and told me to stop immediately. I gave my stock non-vanity answer of preventing osteoperosis, and she said that bearing weight (running etc) would be better than lifting, and that the human body isn’t designed to lift heavy weights.
I don’t want to doubt this woman’s credentials, but holy shit. From what I hear, this attitude isn’t uncommon. Is this just bad science or what?[/quote]
It’s just ignorance. Especially as a physio, she should be able to see the value in strengthening muscles.
I’d say she’s assuming you’re a ‘all bench and curls’ guy who will set himself up for injuries in the future with an unbalanced program.
If she won’t even ask you about your program though, and just says a blanket ‘stop now’ then I would find another physio who’s more open minded and more up with the times.
The physio’s in my area are always telling their patients to go to a gym and strengthen their bodies to avoid injury.
Especially out there recommending running instead. Geeez!