In the last 6 months I've made more progress in the gym, than ever before. Here's why...

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So around 3 years ago, I hurt my back and I was convinced I would never be able to squat or deadlift ever again. I convinced myself that maybe I'm not meant to be doing this, I'm not meant to be a bodybuilder or a powerlifter.

I never really thought about it, but looking back I do think that it kind of lead me into some depression and my mind got weak in every area of my life.

Fitness is a big part of my life, and it has taught me how to grind. I don't think I would ever have gotten the success I did with traffic leaking if it wasn't for the mindset I developed from training to be the best.

6 months ago, I was sick of the weak mindset I had. So I went to work.

I've since then broke my PRs on all my lifts, and I'm the strongest I've ever been. Breaking past those points that I thought were impossible at the time, really showed me that the things I told myself were nothing more than a load of bullshit.

I had the same thoughts when I sold my first site, I thought having $5000 in my bank account was impossible without a job, but I did it.

So yeah, not saying this to brag, just thought it might be worth sharing idk. Anyway, I hope to get back to the sickening worth ethic I once had.
 
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Thanks for this. I'm in the same boat. I hurt both of my shoulders about 15 years ago and it was never a problem but I managed to really hurt both rotator cuffs doing overhead presses about a year ago. They refuse to get better on their own, although they are better than they are. But I let that get in the way of my gym experiences. I have exercise bands and all of that to do the rehab work at home but of course I barely do it.

I'll have to get serious about it, because I know recovery is possible, like you're proving.

And yeah, for sure. These mental barriers exist in our minds, and once we blow through them it's game-on, especially in business.
 
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Thanks for sharing, this is epic to hear.

Injuries are a bitch. Particularly, the big ones that take you out of the game. Both my wife and I are very active people. Both have had injuries that have taken us out.

My wife in particular was national judo champion at 17, use to run up hills for fun (yeah she’s nuts), and at 43 kgs fought up two weight division in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to take gold in the state championship at her level. Training 6 days a week she was a monster martial artist.

Then three years ago she started losing feeling in her fingertips and experienced chronic pain 24/7 in her chest and arms. I can’t tell you how scary it is when your partner has shooting pain and you don’t know why. Only later we found out she had a neck injury. But even then we didn’t know exactly what was causing these issues.

God, I can’t tell you how many times we saw glimmers of hope, only to have it fail. It’s shit. It’s hard. And at times devastating.

It takes a toll on you mentally. The spark in your eyes diminishes. It’s tough to see. It's horrible to feel.

But one thing we have learned is to never give up. If you give up you are dead. The possibility that you can get better, reach your goal, do anything, plummets to zero when you give up.

I’ll take 0.1 chance over 0 any day.

Now she is not cured by any means, but where we are now, compared to where we were 3 years, 2 years, even 3 months ago is far ahead. We’ve narrowed it down to a number of causes and have a plan to tackle each of them.

We have a team of amazing doctors helping us and we are confident she will gain at least a normal life once again…and even the possibility of doing contact sports again (which was not even comprehensible 3 months ago).

Here’s to breaking barriers and doing the “impossible”.
 

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@built and @Concept , good to hear that you are moving forward and you don't let injuries stop you.

Cuff rotator problem? The most popular injury that can be easily avoided. My left arm was out of service in the gym becosue of damage I've done to my cuff rotator, just because I was to lazy to warm up properly... I still can feel that left arm is a bit weak, but I managed to make it work properly so I can lift without risking injury.

Just for others who might be lifting and "like" to skip proper warm up. Here are some basic and actually best exercises to wamp up rotators before bench press (and not only). Do this warm up and you will almost certainly save yourself a lot of troubles some day. Really hurting them is not fun, and it almost never heal 100%.


Start at 1:08

I always do 5 min. of easy run to wake up my circulation. I'm starting workout early morning around 5.10am so I like to do this. Then I do rotator warm up for another 5 minutes. Since I started practicing this I have no problems with my shoulders, actually my lifts improved a lot and I feel comfortable challenging myself with heavier weights. Don't skip this warm up!
 
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Good to hear :smile:.

Although its not due to injury, I have neglected my body for around two years due to focusing on websites and slight depression. One of my resolutions for 2018 is to get back into running and hopefully start enjoying it again then when im back down to my target weight, I may start liffting again too.
 
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"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right"

Thoughts --> Actions --> Results
 

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Over the 9 months I've lost 40 lbs (for perspective I'm 40 years old). I've always been very active (Crossfit, gym, running, swimming, softball, etc..). I've come across my fair share of injuries. I don't know, for me, I started doing lower weights, because I started thinking to myself - I'm not in a weight lifting competition, nor am I going to keep up with all these 18-21 year old dudes at the gym. Since then, I've had way less pain and in the best shape of my life.

I get the overall message..to not give up. I have to say, I've never had issues with motivation. I'm the type of guy who refuses to fail with anything. As I get older, I have no tolerance for people who float through life and are fine with mediocrity. Everyone seems to have excuses with why their life is the way it is. I have no time for that anymore. Get busy dying, or get busy living...that's what I say.

Great stuff man. I'm glad I can come to BuSo and know I have like minded individuals, whom I can relate with.