So for the past month or so I’ve been practicing to get a muscle up and in that process I’ve aggravated my elbow. It wasn’t hurt enough to not workout at all (or so I forced myself to believe) but there was definitely certain movements that triggered pain. I’m a pretty stubborn person and have worked out through minor injuries before so I ended up taking a day off and continued working out daily. Fast forward to last Friday, the workout was 11.3 AMRAP 5 Clean and Jerk (165/110). Getting ready for the intramurals open, I decided to get 2 or 3 reps RX instead of going lighter. My first squat clean felt great but my split jerk felt off and weaker than usual. Jamie actually no repped me because I didn’t lock out all the way. My second attempt was a complete disaster and when I went to do my jerk, my elbow gave out and I fell back landing the bar on my thigh and hitting my chin as I fell over. Thankfully, I didn’t seriously injure myself..a million things could’ve gone wrong and all I have is a swollen and bruised thigh. It made me realize a few things:
1.) I’m not as young as I think I am anymore 🙁 haha. and neither is my body. I’ve realized I need more rest days and recovery days. I’ve been pretty active growing up and luckily haven’t had any serious injuries playing sports but back then my body bounced back so much faster if I sprained an ankle or got sick. I’ve sadly come to the realization that my body needs that rest if I want to stay active.
2.) There’s always a silver lining…I’m almost a little, tiny bit grateful that this happened (even though it completely sucks). It was a wake up call that forced me to stop. I probably would have kept working out with a bum elbow and could have ended up seriously/permanently hurting myself. In a way, I’m also thankful that it happened to me and not any of our members and hopefully prevents any of you from hurting yourself. Your health and safety are number one and we need to protect and preserve our bodies for as long as we can.
2.) Not Rx’ing is NOT the end of the world. Know when to push yourself and when you should scale back especially when dealing with heavy weight. Our pride sometimes clouds our judgement but trust me when I say your ego is much less painful to deal with than your body. I want to stress this too because I know some of you are worried about the intramurals open and not being able to contribute by not Rx’ing the workouts. It is for fun and don’t feel pressured to do anything you’re not comfortable with. I know we encourage pushing yourself and I’m all for that when you’re healthy. We don’t want to sacrifice form just to get a better score.
In closing, want to include this article that several people have sent to me..I guess I need to take the hint haha Thank you Mike, Crystal and Cheryl!
Workout of the day:
A. Romanian Dead lift
B. For time (20 min time cap)
400 m run
30 hang power clean (95/65)
400 m run
30 slam ball (30/20)