When was the last time during your training when you could honestly say, “How awesome is it that I have absolutely nothing wrong with my body right now”? For me, it might have been my early 20s. While some of us sit around lamenting about pain and injury, others are bypassing limitation and doing work. Basically, shut your cockholster and focus on what you can do. Then do it with directed intensity.
No matter what your issue is, use your time wisely to focus on other areas (unaffected by the injury) that can use some improvement. For me, my achilles repair has given me plenty of time to work on other shit. Does it suck dick that I am limited? Yes. Do I want to slug obese people in their guts when I think about the fact that I can’t squat right now? Fatpunch, yeah. Fuck it, punching innocent human cattle is as wrong as not squatting but I have to stay out of jail.
So what do I do with the frustration? Heavy presses. Weighted fucking pullups. Bench pressing like I’m in a correctional facility. And intervals on the god damned exercise bike? Fuck you, I gotta get monostructural conditioning somehow. Me and the cardio slobs sweating in front of wall-mounted televisions showing that cunt Rachel Ray yip-yap about her gay husband. I gets it done somehow.
While I’m stuck being an upper body champ, what are you doing to work around your limitations? I realize I’m preaching to the choir on this one, because no one who actually reads this has given up on training because they got a fucking boo-boo. I won’t brow-beat those who are making shit happen with their fitness while their bodies repair the trouble spots. Cheers to all of you who have figured out how to go BEASTMODE despite injuries. Whatever issue you have, your coaches should be able to help you maintain or increase capacity in other areas while you heal. Brian Wilson from Potomac and Patriot CrossFit does a great job of that for his clients.
Keep in mind:
Heal your junk. Your body’s ability to repair itself is dependant on several factors, rest is the most important. Don’t just power through and do stupid shit that will limit your healing. Be smart about it. Remember that the body heals itself during rest and if you’re overdoing it on your training, you are robbing potential recovery of the injury.
Eat clean. Depending on your limitations in activity, alter your food intake to account for this. Not only does your body need proper nutrition to heal, overeating while you are injured is stupider than when you are healthy. Dumbasses have told me they are surprised that I didn’t gain any weight in the months after surgery. That’s when I punch their mouths loose with my flexed pectorals. Bitches be stupid. You know who overeats? Fucking livestock.
Small victories. Within the confines of what you can do, take pride in not being a lazy fuck and pay attention to the gains you are making. As I’m limited on lower body work, a couple of weeks ago I got some huge PRs on Zoe and dead hang pullups. I also bench pressed a garbage truck, learned Latin and built a light saber. Clap for me.
No matter what your injury is, be patient and stay focused. This is just a small setback in your training and will be over when your body is done doing its job healing. Do what you can and attack it like a beast. Right as I post this, I am about to go out on my first run in 3 months. I’m pretty fucking pumped. I used to refer to running as “coward practice”, but at this point I’ll take it. I’m just glad to get off that fucking exercise bike.
Now, watch this and understand what it really means to flip the fucking switch despite a setback: