Most of you probably know by now that I suffered a torn muscle in my calf nearly a month ago while pushing a heavily loaded prowler in the alley. The injury was severe enough to put me on crutches for several days and prevent me from walking normally for over a week. However, despite the injury (I still can't jump or run) I continued to look for things I could work on and fortunately the slow lifts (deadlift, presses, and squat) were still possible, albeit with some discomfort.
I worked on what I could, and in the past few days, I set several PR's in my slow lifts, including a 425x5 Deadlift, a 190 strict press, a 365 squat, and a 315 bench press. What's even more heartening is that I still have room on all these lifts and they were all performed while I was less than 100%.
If I had followed my primary care physician's 'advice', I would still be sitting on my butt lamenting my poor fortune. Instead, I got aggressive with my RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), upped my fish oil intake, and tackled what I could do with gusto! The result was 4 big PR's and the realization that an injury just gives me some time to work on one or two specific areas of my fitness.
Next time you suffer an injury (be it while training or outside of the gym), don't disengage! Come talk to your coaches and we'll help you come up with a way to stay connected to your fitness.
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50 Jumping Squats with Barbell (45/33)
50 Jumping Squats with Barbell (45/33
Posted by Zareh.