Succeeding Despite Injuries!

Over the years I've learned how to get the job done despite lingering injuries. Usually, it's simply a matter of swallowing your pride and doing what your inner voice is telling you to do. Learn the secrets I use to deal with them!
Ever go into the gym feeling really motivated to have a great workout, then, four sets in, you start feeling pain in your (pick the joint or body part that applies to you)? If so, did you:

    1) Become quickly frustrated, bag the workout altogether, and drown your sorrows in a Big Mac and large fries, or...

    2) Find a way to salvage the workout and accomplish some important goals along the way.

If you chose the former option, I can relate. I used to do the same thing myself, until I developed a couple of strategies for dealing with the situation. I thought I'd share these solutions with you in this month's article...

Have A "Plan B" Ready To Go

I think I was first exposed to this concept from Ian King: When you're writing your training program, also write "Plan B" workouts for "suspect" bodyparts. For example, let's say you plan a chest and bicep workout to look like this:

= View Exercise.

Exercise Sets X Reps
A-1: Flat Barbell Bench Press 5x5
A-2: Barbell Curl 5x8
B-1: Incline Dumbbell Press 4x12
B-2: EZ Bar Reverse Curls * 4x12

* = shown with dumbbell.

You have a lingering shoulder injury that often becomes problematic during barbell bench presses, and today is no exception. If you didn't have a backup plan ready to go, you might be tempted to throw up your hands in frustration and call it a day. However, let's say you also had a "Plan B," such as the following:

Exercise Sets X Reps
A-1: Incline Close-grip Bench Press ** 5x5
A-2: Barbell Curl 5x8
B-1: Incline Dumbbell Press 4x12
B-2: EZ Bar Reverse Curls * 4x12

* = shown with dumbbell.
** = shown with medium grip.

If you have this alternative workout within reach, it becomes much easier to switch gears and continue, salvaging the workout and your sanity to boot. Such a simple simple solution, but I assure you, it makes all the difference. If you have to create a plan B when you're frustrated and hurting, often, it just never happens.

In Most Cases, Your Injuries Correlate To Overdeveloped Areas

If you take an honest inventory of yourself, you'll probably find that your injuries are consistent with body parts you love to train, or have a natural affinity for. Rarely do people have chronic injuries in bodyparts that are under-trained and underdeveloped!

For example, if you have big pecs and lats but small biceps and triceps, I'll wager that your shoulders complain more than your elbows. You can use this to your advantage when creating your "Plan B" workouts: take that shoulder pain as a message that your pecs have had enough abuse and maybe it's best to lay off them and use your time and energy to concentrate on less-developed body parts while you take steps to identify and rehabilitate your shoulder injury. Four very nice things will happen when you do this:

    1) You won't be in pain anymore.

    2) Your pecs won't disappear. In fact, they might improve from the rest.

    3) Your weak bodyparts will catch up with the rest of your muscles.

    4) You won't be going nuts from missing workouts.

Be SMART, Not Tough!

Discipline doesn't simply mean the willingness to work hard: the root of the word comes from the word "disciple" or "one who learns." Almost every high level athlete I've ever worked with was:

    1) Injured
    2) And in a hurry.

Over the years I've learned how to get the job done despite lingering injuries. Usually, it's simply a matter of swallowing your pride and doing what your inner voice is telling you to do.

Here's a final bit of inspiration from a plaque I keep on the wall of my training center - listen and learn:

"The successful person has the habit of doing things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose." - E. M. Gray

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