Training around injuries
It’s been two decades that I’ve been lifting weights.
Before that I played a variety of sports for over ten years.
Over that time, I’ve endured my share of injuries. Not all were related to sport or training in the gym, but some were.
I won’t go into all the details of each injury but here’s a breakdown of what I have hurt: wrist, ankles, knees, achilles heels, low back, neck, shoulders, elbows, hamstring, concussions..
Most recently I have been fighting off knee tendinitis. I had to stop the running program I started after three weeks.
In the meantime, I did some rucking which was fine on my knee. Now I’m back to running, but taking it very slow. You live and learn..
What should you do if you are hurt?
First off, go see a doctor and a specialist. Get an informed opinion if you are TRULY hurt.
Second, don’t do anything that makes the pain worse. Yes, it’s common sense but many guys don’t want to listen because they are stubborn and don’t want to lose all their GAINS…
Third, find out what you CAN do without pain.
There’s ALWAYS something you CAN do
Injuries suck but they can be a blessing in disguise.
They force you to get creative.
Not only that, injuries will give you incentive to attack one of your weaknesses.
We all have them. It could be an exercise you suck at, or an element of fitness you avoid (like conditioning).
There have been times when I couldn’t squat. Fine, I’ll train my upper body more.
I had to lay off most pressing movements, good. I’ll attack my lower body training.
When I hurt my achilles heels, I couldn’t stand for long periods of time. All my training was done seated for awhile.
That was better than doing nothing!
If you want the result bad enough, you will FIND a WAY.
Only “kinda want it”? You will find an excuse.
No matter what is hurt, you CAN train SOMETHING.
Injuries force you to evaluate your training and lifestyle.
Maybe there are changes you need to make to stay healthy and injury-free?
Not only your exercise selection and weight lifted, but also your diet, sleep, stress and activity levels.
Take the pain as an opportunity to learn and grow.
No one wants to get injured but what are your choices? Sit around and complain about it or learn from it and take action to get stronger?
I know my answer.
If you are interested in a new workout program I am creating, called STRENGTH FOR LIFE go to my TAKE ACTION page and sign up.
I’ll let you know when it’s ready.
The program is going to be 6 weeks of workouts using weights and bodyweight. 5 days per week of workouts are included, along with a nutrition plan and accountability log to keep you on track and making strong progress.
I’m only taking on the first ten guys who sign-up.