Training around Pain
We all struggle with pain and or injuries from time to time. The occasional set-back is an unfortunate reality and our sport has more than it's share. There are times when you just need to take a break to let your body fully recover and to get re-energized. For some of us, taking time off from the gym is considerably harder than working out. Once the Iron gets into your blood you just have to have your regular fix. But what do you do when you have a pain that quite frankly isn't going to go away.
Let's face it, a competitive physique is an extreme level of physical conditioning and to achieve it you had to put your body through some extreme conditions. The odds are that your muscles, joints and tendons were never intended to encounter the amount of resistance that you require of them on a regular basis. What am I saying? In other words, if you have achieved a competitive physique, you are most likely in pain! Shoulders, knees, elbows, lower back, somewhere you have regular pain. This is what sets the true athlete and competitor apart from someone who merely wants to be in shape.
I have been playing the iron game for more years than some of you have been alive and I can't begin to tell you how many people I have seen come and go. Some of them for legitimate reasons. After all, there are other priorities in life such as raising young children or working on a troubled marriage. But it's the lame, wimpy poor me excuses that I get tired of hearing. "I hurt my shoulder", I pulled a muscle in my back", "I sprained my ankle". I'm sorry but I just don't have any sympathy here. These are the same people that I will see 1 to 5 years latter who claim that they would have been competitive bodybuilders if only they hadn't met with such misfortune.
Give my condolences to the family. When you encounter one of these people don't let their excuses rub off on you. Brush the dust off of your feet (an old biblical term) and hit the gym immediately. People like this may actually have gone on to become competitors if only they had practiced a philosophy that I have maintained for years.
WHEN YOU CAN'T DO WHAT YOU WANT, AT LEAST DO WHAT YOU CAN ...
BUT I SCRATCHED MY LEFT PINKY'S FINGERNAIL!
Do Something! I have little tolerance for excuses. For those of you who know what I am talking about, I leave the list below ...
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The bottom line is that we all have excuses for not doing something. As I sit here writing this I feel pain in my left elbow and lower back. But it's mine, I EARNED IT. Nobody kicks my ass like I do. But after the final word is written, I'm going to take a couple of aspirin and hit the gym. See ya there.