Before I get to one of my quick back workouts, I wanted to tell you guys about my “Minor Injury” that I had a couple weeks ago. At first I didn’t feel the need to tell anyone about it, but it caused me a bit of pain and it definitely effected my workouts so I felt the need to share.
2 Thursdays ago, about an hour before boot camp I dropped something on my left foot. It hit my TOE so hard I literally screamed. Ava looked at me like I was crazy and then she screamed (she was imitating me) It wasn’t funny though. I limped around even though I tried to act tough, but the truth is it hurt SO BAD. I didn’t think I broke it, so I hobbled around for a bit and then put my shoe back on because I had to get ready to teach boot camp.
When I teach class I don’t think of anything else besides motivating others, instructing the class, and giving them my undivided attention.
It wasn’t until we went to do pushups that I felt my toe throbbing and in pain. I had to balance on my feet and my toes were bent during the pushup exercise and I wanted to scream, but I didn’t. I switched to a knee pushup to modify and avoid causing myself more discomfort.
After class I left… and while I was driving my car I literally felt a throbbing in my foot. UGHHHHHH I was so mad.
I immediately iced when I got home and found myself sad by this little injury. I automatically start thinking I broke my toe, I’m not going to be able to walk Cooper, we are going on vacation and I can’t do anything. You know “negative thoughts.”
Then I sat myself down and repeated to myself (without speaking out loud) THINK POSITIVELY KELLY. It’s just a toe, it will heal, you will be fine, you can work around it.
This quote came to mind AGAIN.
Before I knew it, I convinced my mind I was fine. I stayed positive and gave it as much rest as possible through the weekend.
Although there was pain, I could deal with it. I have had way worse injuries this was nothing. The bottom line is there’s nothing like an injury.. its both physically painful and mentally challenging but I know I’m strong enough not to let it bother me.
So the next day I went to the gym and told myself I was going to be my own “TRAINER.” If I had a client with a broken toe I would tell them we can work around it. You can’t let yourself become immobile because of small minor injury. There’s other ways to be active without effecting the injured area.
I road the bike for 15 minutes as a warm-up, I did some light stretching (because I was sore from boot camp) and then I completed this back workout:
15 Minute BACK WORKOUT
REAR DELT FLY 3 SETS OF 8-10 REPS (25-35LBS)
PULL-UPS 3 SETS OF 8-10 REPS (50-60LB ASSISTANCE)
SEATED ROW 3 SETS OF 8-10 REPS (50+ LBS)
EACH SET I INCREASED THE RESISTANCE UNTIL MY BACK WAS COMPLETELY TIRED.
I finished with some light stretching and left with a smile on my face. I was happy I got a workout in but I was also happy because I didn’t feel like the injury effected anything I did that day at the gym.
I am also happy to say my foot is completely FINE. My injury only lasted about 5 days, and I got through it. I feel fortunate that I didn’t break it bad enough that I would need more time to rest but sometimes you need to remind yourself that stuff happens and you WILL get through it
Have you ever injured your foot?
How do you workout when you have a minor injury?