Hello my friends. I hope you’re all doing terrific.
Unfortunately for me, I’m not so great. I injured my lower back quite badly a few days ago. As I’ve told you all before, your body is a machine that needs maintenance. And just like your lawn mower, car, or anything else, parts break with use – and even the Angry Trainer gets hurt sometimes!
Throughout the years I’ve had 3 surgeries, first on my shoulder, second to repair a hernia, and most recently to repair a ruptured disk in my cervical spine that paralyzed half my body for a fair bit of time. In fact 3 years later, I’m still in the recovery process. No doubt these issues arouse from using, and abusing my body with ridiculous weights and workloads in my bodybuilding days.
One injury that comes and goes every few years is the one I have now – a bulging disk in my lower, or lumbar spine. The funny thing is that I wasn’t even pushing myself; it was a super slow set of squats with relatively light weight. I had done a few sets previously and on the 7th rep of what became my last set, I felt like I got kicked dead center in my lower back while coming up from the bottom position.
Of course I immediately recognized the pain from its last occurrence about 5 years ago and immediately racked the weight. But honestly it didn’t hurt all that much and sort of subsided. This is where the knucklehead bodybuilder mentality kicked in and I kept working out! Not so smart on my part…
I did some lunges with kettlebells, and sprints, on and off the SPIN bike. What a dumbass! I think that when people become strong and fit there’s a bit of the feeling that they’re invincible. Well, you’re not, and clearly neither am I. It was pure stubbornness that allowed me to continue lifting when I should’ve immediately iced my back and rested. Did I do more damage? Make it worse? Who knows, but I know I can’t stand up straight, my pelvis is shifted, my lower back is burning constantly and I have to walk with a cane! The fun factor is zero right now.
So once again I’m asking you to listen and learn from my mistakes. If I was a trainer, that had a client that experienced what I did, I would have told them to stop immediately, rest and begin the anti-inflammatory measures. But as we all know, knowing what the right thing to do is, and actually doing it are generally two different things. So take my advice and don’t do what I did.
It’s nearly inevitable that you’ll suffer an injury, an ache or pain somewhere during exercise. Heck, even in daily life you can pull a muscle, slip a disk, or strain something. After all, you’re human right? But how you initially handle the injury is of extreme importance and can cut down on its severity, as well as healing time. Now I know what’s wrong and what my injury is, as I’ve been to a doctor before and had an MRI done.
I urge all of you that when you’re injured or hurt to first STOP, and then see a doctor immediately. As I’ve said before – live to fight another day. It’s better to rest and heal for a week or two, then push yourself to the point of something far more serious. I’m sure I’ll be fine in a week or so, and back to my crazy workouts and fitness routine. But for now it really sucks and it’s quite painful.
Now just because I’m hurt, it doesn’t mean I’m out for the count. Keep visiting Angry Trainer Fitness and I’ll keep the pieces coming. As they say – The Show Must Go On!