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Coming Back From Injury: How to Ease Back Into Training and Get Back on the Wagon – 205


If setting records were as easy as just training hard day after day, there’d be way more successful lifters in this world. That’s not so, but why?

The simple answer is injury, barbell wear and tear.

Motivation isn’t a problem for lifters. Most are always seeking an advantage in training, and would push way harder if they knew they would recover. But the problem is, something always breaks.

The only question is, can injuries ever be avoided? And if not, how do you get back on track quickly? Well, here’s what’s true.

First, it’s super fun to go heavy and compete on big movements like squats, cleans and jerks. Further, this is exactly how you get stronger.  You have to push very hard.  But that’s also the hook because the constant pushing is also exactly what leads to the breakdowns.

Yes, when you constantly try to bust limitations you can expect to get hurt occasionally. That much is obvious. Worse still, if you move poorly, it’s going to happen much sooner. But that doesn’t mean you have to be unprepared.

This week on Barbell Shrugged, we share our injury experiences and recovery insights so that you can stay focused and positive next time something breaks.

I hope this show helps you out.



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Chris Moore is a writer, recovering meathead, fledgling raconteur and rabid imbiber. He's also cohost and resident potty mouth on Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to Crossfit, strength, fitness and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, Powerlifting, a bit of strongman and a dash of mixed martial arts. Also, it's possible that he's had one too many cups of coffee. A caffeine fever is a hell of a thing, you know?

1 comment

  • Great job guys! Was really excited to see a topic which I am very passionate about. I know, for me, completing an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training and making the transition into the functional fitness community years later has proven to be one of my biggest tools as a coach. It gave me such a deep understand of human movement, and a solid understanding how to prevent, diagnosis, and treat injuries that so many of my clients have been able to continue to work through issues or setbacks when otherwise they would be sidelined by doctors guidelines. The reverse is also true, and even though I no longer practice AT actively, I firmly believe my training experience has made me a much better clinician than I ever had been prior.

    You’ve also inspired me to write up my own story of how I had undergone my 3rd knee surgery in the Fall of 2013 and came back to qualify and compete individually at the 2014 Regionals. So many of the issues you addressed about being patient, working on weaknesses, improving mental toughness played a factor. What could have been complete devastation turned out to be a great learning experience!

    I hope this episode inspires people to be proactive about not only approaching coaches and health professionals when an injury occurs, but also asking is there anything they need to be working on in the form of prevention.

    Thanks for another great episode!

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