Ok, so I need some help. I am 26 years old and consider myself in “decent” shape. I lift 3-5 times per week switching on and off from full body training to do training splits i.e. I have been lifting for eight years now.
My training has evolved over the years, but I generally stick to the core lifts i.e. front squats, back squats, bench press variations, rows, pull-ups, shoulder presses etc. I consider myself to be in decent shape, but have realized (or finally admitted to myself) that my training and diet is not ideal.
To make a long story short, I have had three knee surgeries on my right knee (two ACL reconstructions and a medial meniscus repair) since the age of 18. I am three years removed from my last surgery, so theoretically everything should be functional.
Having sustained the two ACL tears, I have been scared the last five years to train a certain way and return to sports. That was until a month ago, when I decided it would be a good idea to dust off the cleats and play softball. Let’s just say it’s not going well.
After the first game, I could barely walk due to sore hip flexors, quads, and low back. I strained my quad in the second game trying to run 60 yards to first base. My body is just not doing what my mind thinks it can right now. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised seeing how I haven’t played sports in five years.
So, I am pissed. I am tired of feeling like a cripple when I am only 26. So I stand today a humbled man, finally willing to admit I need to make some changes in my training and diet if I want to regain any sort of athleticism.
As I search for a workout program, I have fallen victim to the “analysis paralysis” syndrome. Between the abundant information provided by Precision Nutrition and T-Nation, I am not sure where to start in choosing a workout.
Basically, my goal is to become an athlete again. I’d like to build strength, improve flexibility, and improve agility. One of my main goals is, of course, to keep my knee healthy. To accomplish this, I want to work on a combination of building strength, endurance, and agility, while improving flexibility. I recently ordered Magnificent Mobility to attack the flexibility issue.
So what do you guys think? What is the best workout for improving athleticism? I realize that I also need to get the diet dialed in as well, but thought I?d start with finding a workout program.
Sorry for the long post. Any advice you would be willing to share is much appreciated.