No pain, no gain? Not really

WHAT MATTERS: Olympian Jorge Bonnet founded the PurMotion system to help gym users develop core fitness for daily living.


    Nov 25, 2013

    No pain, no gain? Not really

    IF YOU are feeling pain in your joints after a gruelling workout, chances are you could be doing it all wrong.

    The answer to true fitness lies not in chasing after the latest gym equipment, but in simple exercises aligned with the natural movements of one's body, according to five-time Olympian Jorge Bonnet.

    In an interview with MyPaper last month, the Puerto Rican judoka and bobsledder revealed that his joints used to hurt after training with conventional fitness equipment at the gym, which included weights. "I always left the gym proud, in one way, that I was lifting a lot, even as my joints were quietly hurting," said the 48-year-old, adding that he had mistakenly thought that pain was "part of the (training) process".

    "The invention of fitness machines has proven to be effective in getting people to be fit but totally inefficient about what they do (in their daily lives)," he said.

    "The thing is, you should train to be ready for anything," stressed Bonnet, who founded the PurMotion system, a training "cage" that comes with various training tools. The system, aimed at helping gym users develop core fitness that can be easily applied to daily tasks, was launched at the California Fitness gym at Republic Plaza last month


    Being fit involves training to be "in balance", which means building one's cardio, stamina, flexibility and usable strength, instead of merely focusing on locomotive movements, said Mr Bonnet.

    "Most of the conventional exercises at the gym are artificial," he said, explaining that powerlifting or Olympic lifting, for instance, involves very little rotational movement or patterns.

    He also pointed out that many of such exercises are performed sitting down, which was "not how the human body was designed for - to be on your feet".

    Bonnet quipped: "I've never seen a lion or a bear do warm-ups before they go on a chase.

    "The same way, we're able and capable of moving and reacting explosively to any situation without pulling a muscle, but we just haven't been doing it right."