Hey people. I don’t really know why I’m making this thread, other than the fact that TNation is the only group of people that would (hopefully) actually give a shit. So basically, when I started working out, I was decently strong, but I had the WORST mobility you will ever see, I’m willing to bet money on that. I couldn’t even do three of the four main lifts since, my shoulder, low back, pecs, neck, knees, ankles, and elbows would hurt too much. These came from imbalances from pitching, and a partially bulged disk in my back. Here is a copy and paste from my log from exactly 18 months ago.
17 years old
5 feet 7
Looking to get bigger
Current lifts (All lifts have been done; not from calculator)
Bench Press: NA , Floor Press: 225x2 , DB Bench Press: 95’sx4
Military Press: NA, DB Shoulder Press: 80’sx5
Deadlift: NA, Clean: 165x1
After constantly hurting myself and living in pain, I sucked it up and basically did everything I could to regain normal mobility; massage, chiro, PT and all the expensive stuff, but I found that foam rolling, stretching for long periods of time everyday, and being conscious of my body at all times did the trick. Once I got the taste of relief, I kept doing it, and I will go so far as to say that I have now acquired an above average level of mobility. Here are the stats now:
18 years old
5 feet 8
178lbs (went from 175 --> 210 --> 178)
Bench Press: 275x1 , Floor Press: 225x10 , DB Bench Press: 110’s x 5
Military Press: 180x1, DB Shoulder Press: 100’s x 3
Deadlift: 415x1, Clean: Dunno
Squat: 345x1, front squat 225x3
It finally seemed like I was on the right track. But a few weeks ago I was DL’ing and then I feel a pull in my hammie. I literally thought nothing of it since I felt fine the next few sets. The next day I woke up and I was in really bad pain. But it ultimately went away after a few days after extensive rolling and stretching and recovery. The next week I got food poisoning. This one was bad; it hurt like a mofo, but I ultimately considered it an inconvenience. All I could have for a solid week was salad and water. Finally this week I had readjusted to my old volume and intensity, when a couple days ago I was deadlifting and felt a pop in my back. Herniated disk. Now I walk funny and need 1600mg of ibuprofen a day. YAY!
Dunno, just had to rant a little. I know I’ll come back from this but everyone around me only asks why I do this when I get hurt, because they don’t understand that I’d probably go insane without it. Either way I’ve gotten injured enough times now to at least start to recover.
Thanks for reading. Sorry if it wasted your time.