I have been in a groove as of late. Eating is on point. Cardio is consistent. Weights have been on fire. Strength is climbing. Life is good.
But, over the last week, I have been getting those little aches and pains. Shoulders, elbows, knees all a little tweakie…..if you know what I mean. Us old guys are well aware of the dilemma.
In my youth I would ignore these signs and forge ahead with the “no pain, no gain” mentality. This usually ended up with me needing to take some time off from the gym to let the injuries heal. Which, in retrospect, was counter-productive.
So, being older and wiser (some will dispute that), I had a talk with myself. It was a struggle. I have like 15 different personalities so it was one hell of a talk. The bodybuilder in me said “Quit your bitching and pick up heavy shit.” The Personal Trainer in me said “Your body is telling you to rest and recuperate.” The ego-maniac in me said “Dude, you are in a groove, you sexy beast, you can’t stop now.” The beer drinker in me said “You should only be doing 12 ounce curls.” The dad in me said “What kind of example are you setting for your children?” The fighter in me said “How are you gonna protect yourself if a little soreness is gonna stop you?” The spoiled kid in me said “Just have some ice cream.”
But then my practical self stepped in and said “Hey, Genius, didn’t you write a book about this shit?”
Oh yeah. I did write a book about a totally different type of training that only takes five minutes and will protect your joints and tendons. And, it was designed for people like me in situations exactly like this.
Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!
So, after I locked all the personalities back up in the vault in my mind, I followed my own advice. Who knew?
Results? 3 days into the change in protocol and my joints don’t ache, my tendons don’t hurt, but my muscles are sore as hell. I can picture all of my personalities rejoicing in the vault.
It has been another validation of a program I already knew was top shelf.
So, if any of you want to check this book out, just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll email it back to you.
Be good to each other.