….Or lack thereof.
You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything about heavy lifting, squatting, or deadlifting for a while now. I haven’t posted anything about training because my training has been at a complete standstill since the beginning of June.
For those of you who read regularly, you may remember the goals that I set for myself back in the beginning of the year. Many of them are training related, and one of them has had to be pushed off indefinitely due to the ridiculous string of injuries I’ve had since last fall. I had set a goal of getting an assessment and program at Cressey Performance, hopefully from one of my favesies in the strength and conditioning world, Tony Gentilcore. But that was before I mangled my finger in a blender and couldn’t grip a barbell for 2 months. And that was also before I fell off an 8 foot wall and mangled my right ankle back in June.
And although I thought my training was going to be able to pick up speed again, it seems that this goal is now going to have to be pushed off even farther. Over the past few weeks as I’ve begun to ramp up my training and activity again, I realized that my ankle was just not healing and responding as well as it should have been. One would think as an athletic trainer that I’d take perfect care of my ankle and know when to hold back. The truth is, I did take great care of it, but I might have pushed it just a little too hard (I really believe that us ATs are often the worst at taking our own medical advice).
Anyway, long story short, after reviewing a recent MRI, my ortho has put me back in the walking boot for 4 weeks. 4 weeks.
Meet my new best friend.
That means 4 weeks of no heavy lower body lifting, 4 more weeks of no stadiums, 4 more weeks of no sprints. I am going to wallow in my self pity for a little while, but then I’m going to go ahead and make some new short term training goals. I guess it’s time to beef up my bench and really focus on some of the smaller, accessory muscles in my lower body. It’s a bummer because I know my squats and deadlifts are going to take a huge hit (it will be more than 2 months without heavy lifting by the time I come out of the boot). I had been making great progress after the finger incident and now I feel like I’ll be starting back at square one.
Did you get that? That was your invitation to my pity party. Wanna join?
So anyway, I haven’t posted much about heavy lifting because I haven’t been inspired to do so as of late. And now it looks like it’ll be a little longer until I have that bar across my back again. Maybe I’ll just turn into one of those gym bros who trains chest 4 days a week and that’s it. Brah. Who needs leg days when you’ve got permanent tickets to the gun show, AM I RIGHT?
What’s the last injury that kept you from your training goals? Who thinks I should live the rest of my life in a bubble so I can avoid these stupid injuries? (I mean, Jake Gyllenhaal made it look really fun).
That’s all for now! Happy Hump Day!