40 year old lifter here, back in the gym for about two years now, after 10 years or so away. Lifted from early teens to late 20s. Training has been going well for the past two years (some setbacks, mostly from wanting too much too soon and forgetting that I'm not 25 anymore), and it's great to be back.
But now my left arm is definitely out of commission for some time. Ruptured bicep, broken bone in wrist, a finger joint severely damaged.
Yet I can't keep out of the gym.
Leg presses (putting on all those 45s/20kgs with one hand on the 45 degree one...), reverse hypers, maybe leg curls if the mood strikes.
Machine pullovers, machine laterals, shrugs in the calf raise... you know, "other alternatives".
I do some curls and tri ext. with the right arm. I've even been doing OH press, rows and BP with one arm only. In some ways this seems like the logical course of action, but at the same time it just seems too obsessive...
I've about doubled my cardio, mostly for health, fat loss is basically a nice side effect.
I'm sure many of you have been in similar situations. What did you do? Realize that there's more to life and stay the hell out of the gym until you properly healed up? Take up bird watching?
Or did you just keep on doing what you could in the gym?
I'm good at workarounds, I've done it many times before, and I can get past this as well. I don't really WANT to stay away. Yet there's this 'voice' telling that this is madness, and that I need to back off for a while.
Am I making any sense?