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    Be The Best You’ve Ever Been - New Article!

    Injuries are awful, there’s no doubt about it, but it’s something that almost every lifter ends up experiencing at some point in life.

    The injury time is not an excuse to throw everything out the window. It’s time to find that thing that you’ve been neglecting and start considering yourself a specialist in that area.

    Rather than moping around, whining, and letting everything fall to crap while recovering, most lifters need a new goal to focus on. So grow a pair and find what you actually can work on!

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    A++ for timeliness! I logged on to search the forum for some suggestions about how to train with a sore elbow, and saw the new article posted. Awesome! GREAT Post!

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    Pretty motivational article.

    Ive always though it was better to just wait and deal with the muscle loss once your healed fully rather than push on with different parts of my body.

    I guess that wasnt necessary. Still it can be hard to get going if your hurting, but as long as you do it right should be cool.

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    Ditto on the awesome timing, I pulled my lower back on thrusday doing deadlifts and have pretty much just been doing cardio the last couple of days feeling as though I was getting weaker, might use this as a chance to toy around with some new exercises

    Still feel like crap without my squats and deadlifts though, I was ready to give SS a final run/deloaded and this happens

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    It has good intentions but is mildly impractical. Nobody is perfect but that doesn't mean lack of effort put them that way. I bodybuild prepetually evaluating myself. I'm constantly asking myself quesitons like whether my post delts need more size for in relation to my anteriors, whether my hams balance my quads. I'm always adjusting. And I have a lot of flaws, I'll never be perfect. But in times of injury I think some of us may have gotten there solely for the reason of trying too hard. Not poor education on form, or lack of muscular balance, but sometimes on being overly eager with ourselves to get to the next level. Too impatient to get our grow on that we end up injuring ourselves. Injuries require a lot of introspection and sometimes the downtime give us brings us back with a reknewed vigor that may be more consciousess and patient.

    I do agree with the article though, it's very good and we all need to have a high level of self awareness. The only thing I didn't like was the implications that during an injury may be a good time to lean up. I think that's a poor move for anyone trying to heal, and even more debateable for someone with appreciable size. The fine line that is flirted with between fat loss and muscle loss is just too risky to attempt without lifting for most advanced athletes IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Behemoth View Post
    The only thing I didn't like was the implications that during an injury may be a good time to lean up. I think that's a poor move for anyone trying to heal, and even more debatable for someone with appreciable size. The fine line that is flirted with between fat loss and muscle loss is just too risky to attempt without lifting for most advanced athletes IMO.
    Yea, I agree with your disagreement.

    when one is injured, I'd rather see them eat well to fuel recovery as opposed to create a deficit, which will likely just hinder the healing process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCD View Post
    Yea, I agree with your disagreement.

    when one is injured, I'd rather see them eat well to fuel recovery as opposed to create a deficit, which will likely just hinder the healing process.
    Thanks for the positive feedback so far. Glad to hear that it may be applicable to some of you.

    As for the recovery aspect of leaning out during a post-injury phase, I have to disagree. Not across the board, but with the idea that it really depends on the trainee. For a bodybuilder who is already sitting at 8% bodyfat, this might not be the best solution.

    But for most lifters, who may not be all that lean to begin with because of a "loose" diet, I don't think that tightening up their diet in regards to cutting out junk food and adding protein, veggies etc will really hinder the recovery process.

    If the lifter keeps their eating the same while training is scaled back due to injury, they are just going to get fatter. And in my experience, giving the trainee a new goal such as leaning out and doing a diet overhaul is a lot more useful than simply having them cut back a little and trying to maintain their leanness while they can't train as hard or as often. But once again, this depends on the mindset of the individual.

    So, I have to agree that leaning out may not always be the best option, but in many cases, it's a very viable one. In any case, I thank you guys for the thoughtful feedback.

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    I dunno about you guys, but I found this article to be one of those where the learning was more general than specific/applicable. To be honest when I read stuff I tend to take a few broad points than get caught up int the detail anyway, that's just me I guess. Although I did find the bodybuilding section fairly applicable.

    I'm one of those guys who likes everything to be perfect and when one things goes wrong, I tend to go backwards because I know that everything isn't exactly as I want it. This article is a reminder that you can change direction for a period of time or actually focus on a different goal in parallel to resolving the issue you cannot do. And theres no reason why your progress towards that new goal cannot be as satisifying.

    Strangely enough sometimes the new goal actually becomes more important too. I seemed to be on and off squats and deadlifts for about 3 years. I'd get up to a certain point and an injury would kick in. I used to get bummed out, focus on improving the imbalance which was causing the injury but it kept happening time and time again. I made a call to just ditch regular squats/deadlifts and focus mostly on fat loss/complexes/conditioning and to be honest I doubt now I will ever go back to how I used to train. Being lean and fit has become more important to me now than raw strength and I've found new ways to keep a focus on strength without getting caught up on squats and deadlifts being the holy grail.
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    Good Article, definitely hits home, we are all fanatical.

    I have been lifting for almost 35 years and sometimes you just get tired of the day to day pains. When I get injured, the 1st thing that comes to mind and what can I do to work around it and how will I rehab it. With me my consistency is sometimes my fall back, I rarely miss workouts regardless of the situation and I do not believe in layoffs. I still lift heavy these days, but tend to use a lot of band work for rehab and sometimes for general high rep workouts. As far a dieting is concerned during injury, I definitely cut back my calories. Doing light high rep sets of reverse squat pulldowns, broom stick good mornings and curl bar RDL's while nursing a lower back injury ( loss my tightness while doing bentover rows....hate when that happens )does not need the same amount of fuel as working up to a 3RM of deficit deadlifts with chains followed by 5x5 of Zercher squats.

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    Informational and entertaining read. I pretty much agreed with everything here. If one 'door' is closed temporarily (so as to speak) there's no reason to not explore other 'doors' and see where they lead you.

    In fact that's what a lifter should be doing even if he's not injured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Clough View Post
    Injuries are awful, there’s no doubt about it, but it’s something that almost every lifter ends up experiencing at some point in life.

    The injury time is not an excuse to throw everything out the window. It’s time to find that thing that you’ve been neglecting and start considering yourself a specialist in that area.

    Rather than moping around, whining, and letting everything fall to crap while recovering, most lifters need a new goal to focus on. So grow a pair and find what you actually can work on!

    READ HERE

    Let us know what you think and discuss away!
    Hey I know this is a bit old but I could use the advice right now.

    In december, I dislocated my right sacroiliac joint doing a 325 lb single. I was about 170 lb at 14% BF. I took a couple of weeks off and then spent a couple more weeks doing deads and good mornings with a broomstick (a Bill Starr type approach). I took some more time off because of other reasons. Ultimately, I started lifting again in a 3-5 max rep fashion for the deadlift. Everything went really well. I never regained my full strength but that wasn't really a goal at the time. The point is that there was no pain and deadlifting did not hurt. I am now 155 lb at 10% BF (I decided to cut some fat). About a week ago, I was doing squats with proper warm-up and all that. When I got into the hole, the pain renewed itself with even more intensity. I'm not really sure how this is all relevant to the question I'm going to ask. What I really want to know is, now since I'll be eliminating my lower body day for a few weeks. Can I increase my upper body day from 2 to 3 times a week?
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