It may be time to finally admit something…you just might be injured…
I have said it many times before: being injured really sucks.
It really has a way of just messing up everything you want to do. It certainly has a way of compromising any of those coveted #gainz.
Dealing with an injury might be one of the most physically and mentally draining ordeals you can have.
You have a million and one different treatment methods out there to try to fix the problem.
If any of those techniques or methods advises rest and doing nothing, then they are usually put on the back burner if all else fails, because we all know that nobody wants to do that!
So it leaves you with a few options to try getting yourself straightened out.
I could go on for days about every treatment that is out there; some good, but most are filled with false promises and results.
But in order to ever get an injury fixed or fully resolved, there remains one simple fact…
You have to ADMIT that you are actually injured.
We are not talking about being hurt or banged up; I am talking full-blown injured.
What does the typical person who is in “injury denial” look like?
They are that guy or girl who has to come 45 minutes before class to do their daily regimen of mobility work, foam rolling, self-myofascial release and stretching.
You watch them as they are vigorously working through the pain of jamming a lacrosse ball into their abdomen…
But as they say, “no pain, no gain!”
As the workout progress you seem them constantly trying to mobilize the area or get a little stretch in between sets to keep things moving along.
Finally they get through the workout and usually not as efficient as they did the week before.
Now back to the mats for some 20 more minutes of foam rolling.
All in all this person spent about an hour doing mobility work and foam rolling in order to complete a 20-minute workout here.
Don’t get me wrong; foam rolling and mobility work are good modalities for some minor warming up and recovery, something that you should devote 5 to 10 minutes to before a workout.
Don’t be that person that other people cringe at during the workout trying to do movements that their body really just can’t handle.
But if you find yourself doing more and more each day, just so you can do the workout, then you might have a problem.
::Insert corny joke here::
You might need to come to terms with the fact that you have an injury that needs to get fixed by someone who actually knows what the hell he or she are doing.
In a follow-up video this week I will be going over why stretching and mobility work can actually be problematic to fixing your injury.