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Did the global gut smash for the first time. Used a SPRI ball for 10 minutes in the area. It’s been two hours and ever since i feel a soreness and deep achy pain in my gut that has not subsided. Feels like DOMS from an ab workout or a cramp or something of the like.
Is this normal?
You may have overdone it. I know the folks at MWOD say 2min minimum, and sometimes even as much as 10 min depending on the situation. But in my experience, going even 2min can be too long. The problem I think is knowing how much pressure to really use, and when to stop. The word “smash” that we use unfortunately brings the connotation that we should be literally crushing our muscles which i think is wrong. Causing trauma to our muscles, and especially when they have already been beat up by a workout(s) is not a good idea.
Thank you for the reply. It clearly states in the book to expect pain and discomfort. Also that 10 minutes is the “minimum commitment,” so “pony up.” Also, I’m using the softest ball I can imagine for this gut smash. I was also doing contract/relax via inhalation and exhalations. He clearly states to get your full weight on the ball with no disclaimer…
Yes pain and discomfort in the beginning, but it should lessen as you get the tissue to change. It’s been my experience that if the pain/discomfort doesn’t lessen, something in you is not ready for more change just yet. It could be mental – Roop once told me to relax when he “superfriended” my lats with his heel – it hurt like hell but as i forced mental relaxation to accept the pressure, the pain slowly subsided. And I was not sore afterwards.
I do not believe this is a mental problem… I will try it out again, but under a much shorter time limit, and see if I still get the post-smash soreness.
It would be nice to hear others’ experience with the gut smash.
Work up to longer sessions. Start with 30 seconds and move up from there. If not your mind, then your body then. It takes time to adapt to smashing. Over time your tolerance will increase – but by then your muscles will probably be getting better anyways.