Back Injury is Making Progress
Friday, March 13, 2009
I'm not sure if I posted about my back injury, but I had a pretty GOOD one - as in BAD! It's going on 6 weeks and only a few days ago was I able to bend over and tie my shoes or put my pants on like I was somewhat normal.
Last week on smith machine squats I looked pretty silly with only 10 lbs racked on both sides. My heaviest weight with good form is about 205. I could hardly get low enough to make them very effective.
Today though? Today was a whole new world with this injury! I was on cloud nine after finishing my first set with my 10s. I was able to make it into a deep squat!!! WOOHOOOO!
1st set went great. Kept it very light and went up to 15 reps with great form. 2nd set I moved up to 30lbs + the bar (what does that actually weigh on a smith machine anyway??). I again was able to pull off the 15 resp with great form. I was on fire! HA! (funny the things we take for granted). On the 3rd set I moved up to 50lbs + bar and felt it a little in my back. I kept the movement shorter, but after the first 4 or 5 reps it loosened up on me and I was able to lower them. 4th set I made it up to 70lbs + bar!!! A long way off my max but, HELLO!?! I'm getting better! Finished up with another set of the 50lbs.
Moving on to walking DB lunges (20 reps). Last week I was only able to use the 15 and 20lbs. Today I was able to start at the 20s and moved up to the 30s for the last 2 sets. Deep lunges!!! I think 30lbs is where I left off before the injury. It was either 30 or 35. I'd have to look at my log. It's nice to know I didn't lose too much muscle in the last 6 weeks.
I did notice some loss in my conditioning, but I know that won't take long to come back. But, I'm so freakin' stoked I may be "normal" again soon!