A crack in my back!
A little while ago, I’d hurt my back while sumo deadlifting at the gym.
The thing is, I know it’s essential to warm up! The only downside is the fact that I have no patience to raise my heart rate when there’s a room full of sweaty and smelly men staring at me while I lift.
Yes, I’ve become a lot more comfortable being in the weights room with a room full of gawking eyes. However, it doesn’t mean I enjoy it! In other words, I’ve come to accept vulture culture for what it is.
It’s a Tuesday night, and you’re a 5ft 5in female walking into the weights room after a draining day at work receiving plenty of backlash from angry people.
It’s leg day (it’s always leg day).
You glance at the three squat racks. Full.
Ugh. You were going to bench after anyway.
You glance at the bench press area. Full.
Ah! The platform is free! You say to yourself, “well then, I guess it’s deadlift day!”
Like PacMan avoiding the ghosts, you strategically manoeuvre across the field to get yourself set up. Quick! Let’s just get this over and done with!
It’s one of those days.
You just want to be in bed with a hot water bottle,
a tasteful mug of hot chocolate, and a good book!
You skip your usual warm up routine because of the amount heat transferring from body to body in this overpacked room.
You didn’t warm up enough and you’re adding too many plates too quickly. You blame the guy in front for taking the 20kg blue plate for his squat. You’re in a foul mood today, aren’t ya?!
50kg, 70kg, 80kg, 90kg. /click/… 90kg. 90kg. 90kg. 90KG!
I’d felt the initial click throughout the left side of my back and thigh, and despite foreseeing the dulling pain I’d be setting myself up for for the rest of the week, I was adamant on finishing my set of 5×5! I was stubborn, and I’d felt the effects throughout the week.
Although this meant that I wasn’t able to squat or deadlift throughout the remainder of my training week, it did allow me to focus on improving my upper body strength!
Considering that my list of goals for December consists of a lot of upper body training, my focus on my arms and chest has been subpar. Throughout the remainder of my training week, I’d placed more emphasis on my shoulders and chest, and I have most definitely seen results.
The silver lining of hurting my back is that deadlifting had gifted me with meeting my target goal. Therefore, I am happy to announce that despite being unable to squat or deadlift, I have met my target of 60kg decline bench!
Don’t forget to tell yourself: “I AM STRONG.”