Injuries Suck, So Lifting Weights is Dangerous?
Editor’s note: I woke up this morning absolutely ecstatic to go train. Despite knowing I wasn’t going to lift as heavy or move as fast as I had before I was still beyond excited. Because, at the end of the day this is nothing but fun for me. Fun and trying to look like a demi-god, but mainly fun. On top of that in the week where I’ve been really crippled, which I know isn’t really long in the grand scheme of things and I’m more than happy with how speedy my recovery has been so far, I’ve been reflecting on the things I preach about and thought about some of the people I’ve met through lifting. I’ve met guys battling cancer who still train, I’ve met guys with cerebral palsy, who still train. I’ve met guys who are deaf, blind or both, who still train. I’ve met guys with broken or missing limbs, who still train. I’ve met guys with debilitating illnesses like ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, who still fucking train. So, if I was to roll over and succumb to a little fucking back pain, I’d be doing those guys, my clients and myself an injustice. There’s a difference between accepting your circumstances and letting those same circumstances dictate your life and defeat you. You’re injured not dead, suck it up! The absolute shittest thing that can happen to you during training is getting injured. Injuries suck, there’s no doubt about it, and if you’ve been lifting long enough you’ve most likely been injured. Now, you could’ve injured yourself either by lifting like an asshole, going balls to the wall every damn session, paying no attention to your body and letting your ego guide you or it could’ve simply just happened. Because funnily enough sometimes shit just happens. You can practice all the good form you want but sadly you’ll never be able to eliminate the risk of injury. But shit, injuries are the price we pay for not having sat around on our asses becoming weak slobs. Also, just in case anyone is itching to start talking shit about lifting weights being dangerous; yep, you’re right. Lifting weights like a moron is dangerous. Lifting weights with good technique, however, will make you a lot more resilient against injuries but it’s far from risk free. Having said that, doing everyday activities carries some magnitude of risk and just because I’ve never been run over by a car before doesn’t mean I don’t still look both ways before crossing the road, ya feel me? You’re more likely to get injured doing basics tasks as a non-lifter however, than lifting. Now, onto the matter at hand; One of the dumbest things I ever did when I got injured was stop training. As you’re probably aware I fucking love training. I love everything about developing and pushing yourself physically and mentally, especially nowadays, but even going back years ago I loved lifting weights and using training as an outlet. So, after I’d hurt my back and not being able to squat, deadlift, press etc I grew miserable. Oh! And fat! I grew a set of saggy titties too. Now, after seeing numerous doctors, physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons and growing fatter and more miserable by the damn week I decided to take matters into my own hands. This is usually the sort of thing I’d advise against but hey ho, call me a hypocrite. Long story short, eventually I rehabbed it, hit bigger and better numbers and everything’s been golden. But that isn’t even the point of this article. The point is back then I was dumb! I should’ve stopped moping around and focused on what I could do, not what I couldn’t! Listen, you’re injured not dead! Do something! Work around it! There’s always an alternative. If your upper body is injured then it’s likely you can train your lower body. We even have tools for these situations like Safety Squat Bars, Deadlift Straps, Belt Squats or hell even the damn Leg Press! Similarly, if your lower body is injured you can probably still train your upper body. Yes, you might have to vary your lifts and change how you train for a while during your recovery, but you can still do something! Furthermore, once you are recovered you should look into how and why you got injured. Were you lifting like an asshole? Do you have some sort of muscle imbalance? Any tightness or stiffness that needs working on? Was it just bad luck? Either way your concern should now be to try and ensure it doesn’t happen again. This also means not aggravating the injury during the recovery process or immediately afterwards. Take your time but remember, you can and should be doing something! Do not stop training if you can help it! Don’t get wrapped up in what you can’t do. Focus on what you can do and go do something fucking awesome! Training around injuries – Lifting weights is dangerous? How many fucking times have you heard this nonsense? I know I’ve heard it hundreds and hundreds of times. Usually by some weak slob who hasn’t done anything physical or productive in their life. These are also the kind of people who’d say squatting is bad for your knees, deadlifting’s bad for your back, pressing’s bad for your shoulders and benching will cause a pec tear. Yawn! But shit, what do I know? Do you know what is truly dangerous, though? Being brutally weak, that shit’s dangerous as hell. Being chronically stiff and tight and immobile is dangerous. Being so weak you can’t even support your own bodyweight is dangerous. Being sedentary and eating nothing but crap while spouting shit about lifting weights being dangerous, is dangerous. Or perhaps the way you lift weights is dangerous? Moronic strength is dangerous, smart strength is protective. If you’re a grown man who can’t hit a 60kg overhead press, a 100kg bench press, 140kg squat and a 180kg …
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