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I pinched a Nerve

When I was 19 I had a nasty pinched nerve in my lower back. This happened pulling jet skis during a summer job that left me unable to walk without excruciating pain for 2 and a half months. Not to mention I developed anxiety, all while trying to go to my lectures and classes as I was a university student at the time. I reached out to a physiotherapist, but really the help was only temporary. I was told I wouldn’t be able to train anything from the lower body down for at least a year, and to just avoid going to the gym or even doing anything physically active in general as it could further aggravate my injury. 


I realized that moping around didn’t help and I knew I would have to go from a “learning how to run” to “learning how to crawl” mentality. I knew it wasn’t going to be a quick fix, and that I needed to keep my body active in other ways. Fast forward 6 months - with daily mobility drills, heat and electric pads and A LOT of patience, I could move normally again. I managed around my injury, I would do mostly seated exercises and mainly upper body. I was “every day is upper body” dude at the gym. That’s okay. I could live with having chicken legs if I knew I would at least keep my head strong and not turn into a complete blob. Now many years later, I look back on that injury as a good learning experience and I am glad I didn’t give up. 


Don’t let past injuries and mistakes set you back from making your goals happen. If you’re injured, take a step back, work around the injury if possible, accept responsibility and realize that a bump in the road doesn’t mean you should give up. Instead, see it as an opportunity to be even stronger in more ways than one.

Coach Marko | November 01, 2017

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