[quote]Ed Ache wrote:
Having a 'mare with my training at the moment. I think it’s a mixture of both mental and physical. It’s no so much that I’ve been lifting terribly (all the time anyway), its just everything is hurting all the damn time. My left knee has bursitis, that is getting better but still making me miss jerks. My right quad is really sore too.
I’ve been on The System since last July and since April 2010 I’ve added 80kg to my total 80/100-120/140 (nearly). I know squatting as much as I’m doing is going to hurt, but at the moment its irritating.
Any sage advice from more experiance lifters? I’ve watched the usual youtube vids, and I have a lifting hol in less than 3 weeks. But I’m so unenthused…[/quote]
Are you sure its definitely bursitis? If not, it could be tendonosis which is common in this type of training. To get rid of that, just do some eccentric squats at the end of your workouts to deliberately piss off the tendon and promote healing (20 reps 4s down, 1s up). Also make sure you massage/foam roll your quads and suprapatellar pouch often to prevent tightness. Crossfrictional ice massage is useful on the knee as well.
As for the mental aspect, try to surround yourself with energetic training partners and minimize the stresses in your life. Maximize the recovery as much as possible. It is very common to feel unmotivated and have things feel like ‘work.’ Your body is going to resist you from going further, this is why Broz calls it the dark times. Its up to you to decide how far you want to go, but you have to fight for your goals. In your next meet, make sure you taper 2-3 weeks so that you can feel fresher and more motivated. [/quote]
Re the bursitis. I’m fairly sure, through the gym I work at and my girlfriends family I know 5 Dr’s. A couple had a look and agree, My girlfriend has a first class degree in physio and I also have a pretty decent physio. It’s quite a specific part of my knee and if I tape my cap away from it it is a little better. I have had more physio since my last post and I have had more good days than bad. Still a drag trying to squat through it.
The mental side is the hardest for me. My club is 30miles away and due to work/petrol prices I can usualy get there twice a week. The other 10-15 sessions are at my work (a health club) or a gym near me with a platform. I’m really lucky with the situation I have, in terms of being able to train. But I do 90% of my training by myself. To top it off every single person who sees me squatting in work seems to feel the need to tell me I’ll be in a wheelchair by the time I’m 50. Or the fact I’m doing to much. Hopefully my lifting trip in a couple of weeks will fire me up.
Alexus- I’m fairly resistant to tapering outside of comps, but if thats what it takes I might end up doing it.
Thanks for the replys guys!