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Prior to the 2011 IPF World Championships I became aware of a serious problem with my left elbow. Lots of pain! I was able to train through the injury and actually had a decent bench in Pilsen, Czech Republic at the IPF World Championships. I took 4 weeks off after the meet to try and allow the swollen elbow to rest and recover, but it actually got worse; which resulted in an MRI and PRP treatments. The PRP treatments have been very beneficial, and the elbow is really coming around. It is not 100 % yet and I am sure it will never be like new, but I am optimistic in the improvement, and am hopeful that I may avoid surgery. The problem that I ran into was that the PRP treatments really raised havoc with the rest of my body. Following each treatment; I found that I had a great amount of joint pain and muscle soreness throughout my entire body for about 7-10 days. So it was one week of feeling too stiff to train, followed by a sub-par week of training; prior to the every other week schedule of treatments. This did not make for a very good physical training environment. Having trained around injuries before I felt that I was equipped mentally to deal with these setbacks, but this time it was entirely different. I made the mistake of trying to continue with heavy training which resulted in my training coming to a halt. By training too heavy, with a body that needs rest, I further aggravated some glute, low back, and ham problems. This was a Rookie mistake from a veteran lifter.
It is inevitable that training injuries will come up at times. Learn from the mistakes of a veteran. When rehabbing an injury sometimes it’s best to keep everything light. In the long run you will prevent further impacts in other areas. I tried to keep pressing movements light in order to help rehab the elbow, but I pushed my back and leg training too heavy and furthered injuries to other body parts. In retrospect, I should have taken the time to train light and give the entire body a much needed rest. Strength training should be looked at as a lifetime commitment. We all can learn from the trials and errors of others.
The hip problem is coming around. I had my last PRP treatment 2 weeks ago and I feel that I am finally getting back on track. After deciding to take some time off I have had to improvise my training this time and rehab my injury with lighter work sets, more speed work, leg presses, glute hams, and reverse hypers. I have a long ways to go, but was able to pull a RAW set of 3 with 727lbs this week. The 2012 GNC Pro Performance Arnold Deadlift Championship is less then 4 weeks away. Time to get my training in high gear!
Train smart, stay healthy, set your goals high, and don't forget to add GNC Pro Performance HMB to your supplement list! Good luck in meeting your strength and fitness goals!!!