What I find helpful is to actually think of it as sort of a challenge. It’s a lot easier to stay on track with things and strive for your goals when everything is going perfectly smoothly and perfectly according to plan, but it’s a lot harder to keep focused and motivated when things aren’t going your way. And that’s one of the main reasons why so many people fail to achieve their goals in the long run, not just with fitness but with pretty much any area of life, because as soon as one thing goes off track they get discouraged and they just end up slowly self-destructing.
So, I try to kind of frame it as a test that’s being thrown at me and think most other people are gonna quit when something like this happens, and the reason why I’m gonna succeed is because I’m gonna handle it differently. I’m not gonna go off course, I’m gonna do the very best with what I have in front of me right now. And ultimately when I do succeed, then it’ll be even more satisfying knowing that I overcame these certain roadblocks in order to get there.
Thirdly, is to just keep things in perspective and realize that even if you do have an injury,if you’re able to train, if you’re able to go into the gym and push yourself and lift and move your body and make progress, things could always be way, way worse. So I just try to be grateful that I’m able to lift, period, and be thankful for the stufft hat I am able to do in the gym rather than focusing on what I can’t do. Because it’s really all relative and if a situation arose where I wasn’t able to lift any more at all, then I’d look back at my current situation and I’d give anything just to be back here.
So as humans we tend to have this negativity bias where we focus on the things we lack and then we just take for granted the things that we do have, so when you’re injured I think it’s important to try and flip that around and actively look for the positives in your situation rather than dwelling on the negatives.
Another thing is to just realize that you’re not alone, because most people’s training isn’t perfect, at least not in the long run. If you’re committing to this for the long haul and you’re moving recently heavy weights,and you’re looking to build you know some decent muscle and strength, you’re gonna have injuries along the way, it’s very rare to see a serious lifter out there who hasn’t struggled with some kind of injury at some point.
So it’s easy to just look at other people and see their online highlight reel or look at other people in the gym and just feel like everyone else is perfectly healthy and has no issues they’re dealing with, but that’s obviously not the reality. So if you’re struggling with an injury, just remember that you aren’t the only one. It largely comes with the territory.
And most people are dealing with something in their own training and if not now then they probably will at some point. And then the last thing is to keep in mind that unless you’re dealing with a really serious injury, usually there is a way to work around things in the gym if you really put in the time and effort to figure out how. Now, if your goals are purely strength related then that’s going to be a bit different, I mean, in my situation, for example, with my elbow injury, there’s no possible way for me to do heavy free weight pressing right now.
But from a pure muscle building standpoint, there’s a lot you can do to maintain your gains and to even continue progressing even if you do have an injury of some kind. For example, a cable press like I mentioned before, that might sound like kind of a wimpy exercise but ultimately as long as you can put the targeted muscle under tension through a decent range of motion using the right movement pattern and you can apply progressive overload to that movement in some way, you’re ultimately going to build muscle from it.
It might not be ideal but it will still produce results. So try to find other exercise variations you can do without discomfort. You can alter the range of motion a bit, you can use lighter weight and higher reps, you can test out different angles, usually there is a way to get the job done if you just put your mind to it. Now, safety obviously comes first, so make sure to get things checked out, don’t do anything stupid in the gym, if there’s pain and obviously you do need to scale back, but if you get creative with your training then you should still be able to find a way to progress, or at the very least maintain your gains while you get the injury treated but beware of the ligandrol side effects.
So I’ll leave it there, guys. I hope this gave a bit of insight into my current situation and some mindset advice that you can apply for yourself. The bottom line here is don’t expect your training to be perfect, don’t expect your life to be perfect for that matter, obstacles and setbacks and messiness are inevitable,and you just kind of have to roll with the punches and deal with whatever variables are in front of you for moment to moment in the best way that you can. So I hope this was helpful. Hit that like button and leave a comment if it was.