Should You Train When Your Injured?

Should You Train When Your Injured?

How many times have you herd these excuses…

“My doctor told me to do nothing for 2 weeks”

“I can’t come in today, my arm is too sore”

“I hurt my ankle at practice, I’m not coming in today”

I can’t even count the amount of times I have herd these excuses

I call BULLSHIT on all of them!

Here is why…

Do you REALLY think sitting at home doing NOTHING is going to heel you? No Way

Do you really think your doctor understands what it takes to be a great athlete? Probably Not

Do you  really think anybody is going feel bad for you because your arm is sore? Hell No

So Why Am I writing This Post?

Monday evening I was at the Underground for my bench workout. I rolled out, did about a 10 minute warm-up and was ready to get under the bar. The goal for the day was 2 working sets, 300 X 2 and 330 X 2.

I smoked my first set of 300 so I went ahead and put 330 on the bar. The first rep was EASY so I went for # 2…Big Mistake…On the way up I felt my pec rip. Good thing I Had Zach Even-Esh there to save my life ha ha…Needless to say I was PISSED. I immediately iced it and took some anti-infalmmatories. For awhile I was thinking I defiantly messed myself up pretty good-I really couldn’t move my arm much and I was having constant throbbing down my arm.

2 hours later I started to regain ROM in my arm a bit and the throbbing stopped. At 8:15 I trained my athletes, then went home iced it some more and went to bed. I woke up the next morning and my left pec was BLOWN UP!!! It kind of looked like a had a massive chest pump haha but it was swollen like crazy. Luckily there was no bruising and on the second day and I was able to move it more.

It would have been easy for me to say, lets just take the rest of the week off and not do anything. F**k that!!! I did my squat workout Wedsnday with a few modifications and I was good to go. 

Here is what I did…

  • Safety Squat Bar Box Squats instead of box squats with a straight bar
  • Barbell Hip Thrusts
  • Dumbbell Single Leg RDL (surprisingly holding the DB didn’t bother me)
  • GHR w/ a purple band instead of holding a 35lb plate
  • I skiped abs as there wasn’t much as I was able to do

So what is the lesson here??

No matter how much your hurting or how much pain you are in, that isn’t an excuse. There is ALWAYS something you can do! I always tell my athletes to come in when they are sore, injured or tired. They will leave the workouts feeling better then they came in and we will speed up the recovery process. Not only is it important for you physically BUT mentally as well.

I remember when I was 15 years old and just broke my thumb playing baseball. I had a hard cast on my hand BUT I was still at the YMCA in town training and lifting like nothing was wrong. It was just another day in the office.

So remember, stop making excuses and start lifting like a man! It’s easy to sit at home and do NOTHING when things are rough BUT it takes a real man to step up and take control of a shitty situation.

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