10 minutes of snatches…
Thats a dream come true after 7 minutes of burpees…not that it will be easy but it plays off of my ‘strengths’ more so than other things.
So I don’t have anything important to write about tonight but I figured it was needed seeing as I am going to be gone for the rest of the week…
I have gotten and continue to get a number of questions pertaining to whether or not it is safe for me to lift as heavy as I do after having back surgery. A little background first- I injured by back snowboarding. I was a competitive snowboarder towards the end of highschool and the very beginning of college. (not pro- competitive) and years of throwing myself off 60-70 foot kickers led to a lot of impact on my spine.
A few years ago I was riding with a friend of mine and took a few bad falls that ended my season. Long story short, a few months later I found out I needed surgery. So basically, if I took a 150 lb barbell and jumped up and down with it on my shoulders a few hundred times, I would need surgery again. (potentially. I can’t really find a better way of explaining it) I wasn’t lifting anything heavy or putting weight over my head. I was falling from 60 ft+ out of the air and on to the ground. Over and over and over.
I’m naturally strong. I have been strong since I was a kid. My mom used to give me jars to open when she couldn’t when I was like 6 (true story). I can thank my parents for excellent athletic genes and for throwing me outside instead of in front of a television when I was younger.
The first time I picked up a barbell I could lift over 300 lbs. That could be an exaggeration but not by much. I also spent quite a bit of time working on midline stabilization after I had surgery…
Anyways, I am really strong and I never had to work for it. Now I do but mainly because it is fun and applicable to everyday life. If you are in a burning building I could throw you over my shoulder and drag you out. If you were under a car, there is a good chance that I could manage to move the car enough and get you out.
Being strong is just useful.
Back to my back- So I listen to my body. Since I’ve always been an athlete I understand the difference between good and bad pain. I happen to love the good kind. But I know my body and I know when I need to stop doing something or to not do it. and I listen to it. (Unless I’m mid WOD, then I keep going) It is really important to do this. When you don’t- that’s when injuries occur. It is also really important to listen to your COACHES and to use PROPER FORM. I don’t feel like going into that more because to me it’s obvious. There is a video in the media section under the VIDEO link or you can just click HERE It is of me deadlifting. I missed a lift after that because I wasn’t set up properly. The video is not there, but it was obvious to me as soon as I saw it why I missed the lift. YOU NEED TO PRACTICE PROPER FORM.
Practice does not make perfect…perfect practice makes perfect…so suck it up and do it right.
On a completely different note. I was accepted into graduate school today. UCDenver Masters of Architecture. While I wear spandex everyday and live in a gym…I am also an artist.
It’s another one of those things I’ve done my entire life.
My website is HERE
So in August I will be going to school in Denver. I’ll talk more about that experience and what I’m looking forward to/apprehensive about at another time.
Anyways…I will be in Telluride all weekend with my father and his friends. Have a lovely weekend full of recovery from snatches and bacon.