|Kind of looks like a meat donut. Whatever...it royally sucks!|
Now I've had to do what I've spent years avoiding: training like a dog. I have to sit or lay down a lot more if I have any expectations of maintaining a (somewhat) daily regimen of sweat and pain. I could just play dead and not train. Yeah, that's not really my style. After all, it's just one leg that's screwed up. So what if I can't squat? I've still got my upper body intact. That was what I thought after the first week of living on the couch while trying to rest my knee. I figured I could attack my weights with some of my original enthusiasm for muscular awareness via pain and suffering.
That was a mistake. After doubling up on what I planned on doing at the beginning of the workout, I could barely keep myself upright and moving on crutches. I learned from that experience. I have to try to leave something in the tank so I can at least move around afterwards. After all, my upper body has to move the rest of me for the forseeable future and going too hard makes me move like a drunk afterwards.
Note to myself: Don't get drunk when I'm still on crutches. It'll make me move like I've done too much pressing.
One issue with weights is that I can't use very imposing quantities of weight since I have to be mindful about how I can get it into position. So, I am left with figuring out how to find stuff I can do that provides a challenge without a big chunk of weight. So, I have to do mostly upper body stuff and embrace the concept of not going 115.625%. So, what have I been doing?
|Al Kavadlo has a good explanation of this movement same place I scrounged this picture.|
Another that I thought of was a press variation that Zydrunas Savikas allegedly does where he sits down with this legs straight in front of him. I had to modify that just a bit since I can't straighten my left leg even on the ground, but it worked out just the same. I just put my larger sandbag under both my knees and press my smaller sandbag for higher reps. The legs in front positioning makes smaller weights feel bigger than they are. In other words, its a press variation that will wash the douchebag out of your system. It's also good for getting rid of that bad habit of leaning back to get the weight overhead. Getting your upper body more parallel to the ground will always make a press easier but it's not always spine-friendly. Try that with this press variation and you'll end up flat on your back.
Bodyweight's a little different these days too. Kewl trainer and gym owner Chip told me that I'd end up becoming a pull-up junkie with my leg being bad. He doesn't seem to have been wrong either. Although I've shied away from going high volume. I've re-examined oddball variations of pull-ups that limit me to moderate volume.
- Typewriter/around the world pull-ups aka the most humiliating pull-up I attempt to do. These are the ones that once getting to the top of the bar, you shift your bodyweight from one arm, over to the other, back to the middle, and down.
- Swinger pull-ups...or the reason why I've torn every callus on my hands at least twice. This is a dandy if you want to test grip strength on a regular thickness pull-up bar. At the bottom of the pull-up, let go with one hand and hang there (or swing around if you want to) for a second before grabbing the bar, pulling up, and repeating the process with the other hand. The only drawback is the sacrifices to the callus Gods that I make when I do this one. Still, it's as much fun as it is brutal on the grip.
- Or, just a plain vanilla close-grip pull-up, slowing down the upwards pull, holding for a second at the top, then repeating the process.
|Another Al pic to the rescue...|
Which brings me to something else that I wish had been explained to me in the hospital when I got my crutches: how to adjust them properly! If you ever find yourself in my position, never rest crutches in your armpits! The pad are meant to be just below, around where lat begins to flare out. So, adjust to that height. Pinch that between your torso and your arms. The handles should be adjusted so they are at the junction of the wrist and hands when your arms are at your sides. If you spend any amount of time moving with crutches, do yourself a favor and thicken the handles up. I used athletic tape on mine. You can buy extra pads too for this purpose.
Overall, this all sucks and I eagerly await my surgery. Life has to be adjusted accordingly and I spend a lot of time thinking about what I'm going to do before I have to do it since I don't move so well right now. My training has followed suit. It's not what I want to do but it's what I can do and I'm going to make the most of it.