It’s been a rough couple of months with the workouts. Pulled muscles and strains have really put a damper on my workouts.
I was trying to ramp up for the spring, but first I re-injured a pulled tendon in my elbow, which has restricted most of the normal weights and kettle bells because for a week because I couldn’t support a cup of coffee or make a fist, it was bad as pulls and strains go. Worse, it’s my left, and I’m a lefty. It is slowly on the mend, but it still hurts, a lot.
All that is nothing compared to what happened two weeks ago. I had been working on a strength style workout with the normal warmup and cardio (500 meter row). The strength routine was a 3 reps x 7 rounds of dead lifts at 80% of my maximum. The wod was a hard one, the simple sounding WODs are usually killer…
3 rounds of a back squat at 75% max, and bench press at 50% (damn elbow!!)
21 reps, 15 reps, 9 reps with a 200 meter run between each set of reps.
We tried this WOD 2 weeks ago and I got through 15 of the 21 back squats and it was like getting hit in the head with a bat… My neck muscles at the base of the skull, froze, locked, tweaked… It hurt so bad I could not see straight. It felt like a really bad migraine, all day… It hurt so much I stayed home from work. And that’s the way it has been for a while now as I work around the injuries. Lot’s of core exercises, working on the back, and legs too, learning new combinations of planking, burpies, and other core routines.
this week I finally felt a bit better. It has been a slow progression, but each week I feel better. So for today’s workout, my trainer pulled out that same work out that tweaked my neck. I was really tentative with that WOD. I took 5 reps or so in the back squat just to feel out the neck and well I made it! Completing that workout really felt good. Not from a physical standpoint, but completing this WOD felt like an accomplishment because I was finally able to push through these injuries and have a normal-ish workout again.
yeah, this work out kind of stands out I think. I really came out of the gym today with a positive attitude. I really want to ramp back up to my old 4-5 days a week, but I need to take care with these damn injuries.