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Episode 8 - Injuries and Healing

Episode 8 - Injuries and Healing

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Legendary Strength Podcast Episode 8Injuries and Healing
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This program is brought to you by LegendaryStrength.com.The content found here is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. It is recommended you talk to your qualified healthprofessional before making any changes to your exercise plan, diet, or prescription medication use.Legendary Strength is not responsible for any claims made during this program.Hey there! It's Logan Christopher and we have a special podcast today because guess what? I injuredmyself. This is something that hasn't happened in quite a long time actually because of the training that Ido and everything I do as far as we’ll talk about some of the things that you do to avoid injuries but thisis the first time literally in years. I can’t even remember the last time I hurt myself except when I wasdoing that double kettlebell press where they are stacked and I lost control at the top and it rolled thehandles and my fingers got caught between them and my fingers are still a little deformed from that.That was maybe four years ago somewhere about that time.This is the first time since then I’ve actually hurt myself in my training and the truth is it happened withkettlebell juggling. I was doing the whole kettlebell juggling promoting actually a way to prevent injuries,to injury proof your body by going through that training and I still believe that. However, it’s notsomething where injuries are impossible. Obviously, with what you are doing there they are definitely apossibility.Along with that I was part of me didn’t want to come out and say this but I got to be truthful ineverything that happens and use it as a learning experience and also to help you through. The truth iseveryone gets injured at one time or another in their training. It just happens.
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First off, I want to talk about couple of things you can do and how to avoid injuries. Like I said, it hasbeen years since I last hurt myself. I was kind of joking with someone by saying I don’t really rememberwhat pain feels like but truthfully, I haven’t been in an injured situation where something has stoppedme from doing what I want to do in quite a long time. When I was doing martial arts, I did suffer somebruises on my forearms that made it hard to hit other people but that was really in a contact sport, sortof a different thing than just hurting yourself lifting by yourself.How do you avoid injuries? Of course, number one on this list is don’t be overly stupid. Now somepeople would put kettlebell juggling in that category. I disagree. I think it can be done in a safe manner.We’re going to talk about those specific things that actually led to this injury and some of the ways that Iwas being a little stupid with I was doing. So just don’t be overly stupid in training. If you just start tryingto juggle a hundred-pound kettlebell when you’ve never done one before or you never even swungkettlebell, you’re setting yourself up to end up hurting yourself. You want of course to avoid that.Secondly, I’d say you want to train in ways that prevent injuries. Now what is going to help you to dothis? I think having a lot of proprioceptive awareness within your body is going to help a lot. My friend,Chuck Halbakken, talked about a story where he was walking at night through his yard and ended upstepping on a nail and instead of just puncturing his foot like it would happen for many people, his bodyautomatically went into a reflex where he went into a roll. So he was able to escape injury from doingthat.If you train in your ways that your body can learn how to avoid injury, where it can compensate where itneeds to—you don’t want to build up so much compensation that you’re stack one side which itself canlead to injury—but if you certain things right you’re going to be able to avoid injury. By doing thekettlebell juggling where you’re not always in the right position, I think that goes a long way towarddoing that. That is one thing you can do.Of course training the whole body without leaving weak points, a common thing with bodybuilders forinstance where they end up hurting one of their joints and tearing a tendon ligament because they don’tlock out in their training which is where you really get that strength. If you just trying keep that strain onthe muscle the whole time and that’s the only thing that’s getting stronger, your tendon and ligamentsaren’t able to handle it, then one time when you get to a lock out, something bad can happen. So doingall the different things that I‘ve talked about in many different places about training in ways that preventinjuries from happening; that’s a big part.Third and probably the most important thing of all is to listen to your body. Of course, this is a big thingamong the biofeedback training where if you listen to your body through the signals it gives you thenyou’re not going to injure yourself. It’s still a possibility but you’re going to minimize the chances of doing that.Now here’s a thing most people don’t talk about. It’s just like with when people say follow yourintuition. Well, intuition is really a trained skill. What people think of as their intuition a lot times is just asome anchor from the past or just the first idea that pops in the head. That can be intuition. Certain
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things, it works with but really it is a trained skill. Until you do the right training to build that up, youdon’t really know if you can rely on your intuition or not.I’d say there’s some truth to that with body as well and the more you get in touch with your body, whichwe do through training, all the different training, doing things like mobility work is one big one, all sortsof body weight movements really help with this but really also getting in touch with the signals yourbody gives you. You can be great kinesthetically in the outside in how you move and all that but reallynot be aware of signals within your body at the same time. So you want to work on improving this.I’d produced a course which actually never released publicly,
Beyond Biofeedback,
which talks about thedifferent levels and different steps. In it I talked about you don’t need actually to do the testing as theylay out after you’ve done it for a while because you can figure out within the movement themselves, youget a signal within your body so this can be trained. The more you listen to your body, you’re not goingto be overly stupid. You’re going to train in ways that help prevent everything and you’re not going tosuffer any injuries, or it’s going to be very rare when that happens like is my case where it’s been aboutfour years since my previous training injury.So let’s actually talk about what’s specifically happened. As I mentioned, it was during kettle bell juggling. Now what was I doing? I was doing some moves that were in an awkward position as manykettle juggling was but I was really working with two heavy weights. The reason I was doing this is was Iwas filming for the new course. While doing this, my main goal was to get through the material I had todo. My goal wasn’t training where I’m actually paying attention to my body. I had something else thatwas taking my mind off of that.So my main goal was in filming. My main goal wasn’t the training itself. My main goal wasn’t listening tomy body and that’s why I kept doing these moves in order to get it for the film to be able to put it on thecourse. There wasn’t one specific move. I just noticed after I was done with that that my back hurt alittle bit.Now here’s the thing. It wasn’t that bad at all. I just took a couple of days off. Let me specify it was thelower back region. It just felt a little sore, like I had strained or pulled something and not crippling painor anything like that. That came late so I took a couple of days off and it seemed to be feeling a lotbetter so I started to get back in my training. Actually what made it a lot worse is I was doing my handbalancing practice in the morning like I was doing. For some reason, again it wasn’t a specific move thathappened, it was just something throughout that practice. I’m actually thinking it was an L-sit now thatI’m looking back and seeing some of the results of the injury but something during that practice,whether it was the L-sit or doing the handstand or something else, after I was done with that my backstarted hurting really badly, quite a bit worse. Of course, I stopped my practice after that startedhappening and I went on with my day.By the time it was nighttime, it was really bad and actually I went to sleep that seemed to be the worst,when I was lying down. It got to a point where it was really hard to get out of bed. It was quite painfulwhen I did that. So at this point, I was not very happy because it had gotten worse rather than gettingbetter. Even though it was getting better, that happened.
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