Gym Setbacks

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    Feb 22, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    I'm currently in a cast for my hand, messed it up playing football with some friends. Got 5 more weeks in this awful cast then 2 more weeks following till I can hit the gym and use my arms again. It's already been a little more than three weeks and I'm going crazy watching my arms shrink.

    So RJ what's was your biggest gym setback?
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    Feb 22, 2012 8:37 AM GMT
    Years ago, I got a stress fracture in my lower leg. Couldn't run or do any leg work in the gym for at least 4 months. When I got the OK to start running again, it felt like I was starting from zero. icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 10:24 AM GMT
    A while back I hurt my shoulder playing rugby. It got better and I started going heavier on shoulders. It flared back up about a week ago so I have to force myself to not go to the gym otherwise the injury will never go away, or at my age, possibly get worse. It sucks because I feel like in only a week I've lost any gains I've made and I'm just in a general crabby mood.
  • jessetriguy

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    Feb 22, 2012 12:53 PM GMT
    Getting old stuff. I keep re-injuring shoulder and knee. I have had to be very careful not to lift to fast, lift too heavy, run too fast or use wrong form. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    I'm going through mine right now. I got assaulted at work in early January and fractured my tibial plateau in my knee and busted a few ribs. I'm finally getting cleared to go back to work so this means I can go back to the gym. I'm slowly moving back into things but have lost a lot of strength in my legs because of being on crutches. I'm going to take it slowly and strengthen my knee again before I do anything too crazy.
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    Feb 22, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    I had two stress fractures in my right foot last year. I could barely walk for three or four months. However, there is always something you can do to keep active. A buddy of mine lost his leg in Iraq. He still works out hard and stays fit.

    You've got a broken hand in a cast? No sweat. Think of this as an opportunity to really get good at squatting or take some time off your mile run.

    Don't feel sorry for yourself...get out there and do whatever you can. That'll be way better than doing nothing.

    Good luck and get well soon.

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    Feb 22, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidI had two stress fractures in my right foot last year. I could barely walk for three or four months. However, there is always something you can do to keep active. A buddy of mine lost his leg in Iraq. He still works out hard and stays fit.

    You've got a broken hand in a cast? No sweat. Think of this as an opportunity to really get good at squatting or take some time off your mile run.

    Don't feel sorry for yourself...get out there and do whatever you can. That'll be way better than doing nothing.

    Good luck and get well soon.


    I'm still going the gym and doing legs 3x's a week, I'm just curious to what other people have gone(are going) through.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 22, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    My biggest set back is that I broke my leg (just above the ankle) and dislocated the ankle in Dec 2008. I spent all of '09 doing physical therapy and by November of that same year, started doing crossfit to get back in shape. By mid-January 2010, I had to stop completely because of complications that developed. I lost full range of motion in my ankle. I got the plate out of my leg almost 2 years ago, but there is a broken screw still there. That screw has really been causing me problems since about last October. I now have problems doing long distance walking! I feel that it is killing me. I saw a doctor about it over the last 2 months and intend on taking it out by next year. Because it's just the thread of the screw and no head, it will be a major operation, but it's worth it because I believe that if you stop moving, you stop living. I am near a stand still.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    Biggest setback: Birth through age 26, when the only workout I did was Navy boot camp in '89.

    Next setback: Age 31 through age 39. Between 26 and 31 I'd achieved semi-decent abs, but gave them up for college + full-time job + flight school...literally NO time left for exercise. Gaind 70 lbs in the process.

    Next setback: Halloween 2011 through mid-January 2012, because I just couldn't be bothered with the holidays and all.

    Currently: Well, my most recent pics should speak for themselves. Two and a half months without working out is EASY to overcome with a couple weeks of extra workouts and strict diet.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    I fell and broke my wrist doing box jumps about three years ago. Was able to keep working out but like the OP, lost definition in my arms. And since I did it in front of a workout partner at the gym, I had the added loss of dignity. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:42 PM GMT
    This one is going to sound really gross, but i have to share it because I just found out this morning and want to share.

    For the past 3 weeks I have been having horrble stomach problems. Wont go to into detail. But also during this 3 weeks, my engery in the gym has been awful and I have been getting weaker. Much weaker.

    So i finally decided to go to a doctor realize that this thing whatever it is wont fix itself. That was thursday.

    This morning my doctor called me and informed me that I have a parasitic virus in my stomach. Aka a parasite.
    It has been eating all the nutrients out of my food and not giving any to the rest of my body. And i wasnt eating a lot to begin with because of my weightloss plan... Im now on meds that put me to sleep for the next 5 days icon_sad.gif
  • Beeftastic

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    Feb 22, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    I broke my shoulder in two places and dislocated it last July. Didn't need a cast or pins though thank goodness.

    It's taken my 6 months of PT to get back to normal. But thankfully, except for the pain, I can do everything now and can lift some real weight again. I've been lucky overall for an injury like this.

    It sucked watching my body shrink. I lost 5 pounds, but gained 4% body fat, and I was still doing cardio the whole time icon_sad.gif

    My profile pic in the yellow shirt is from a week ago, and the other gym pic with me in a black tank top was just before my injury. You can see how much more muscular I was then in my shoulders and arms.
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    Feb 23, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    My back has always been very temperamental (I 'pull' it every now & then), which slows me down. Now my shoulders have started acting up. I guess that I'm getting old. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 23, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    My biggest gym setback came during chemo... I only ever felt good enough to exercise a few times during 12 months of treatment.
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    Feb 23, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    These friggin back to back cases of strep throat!

    God, I'm about to yank out my tonsils myself just so I can actually go a month without coming down with strep again icon_evil.gif
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    Feb 23, 2012 12:15 AM GMT
    Healing up right now from rotator cuff repair surgery that was performed on 1/06/12. Had a failure in the right shoulders supersinatus bench pressing on dec 22nd.

    Six weeks in a sling & sleeping in a chair.

    Passive range of motion physio therapy for those weeks

    Now I'm out of the sling & therapy is "strengthening"

    Four weeks more & I should be released to go back to work.

    Bad news is the surgeon said it might be a year from the repair work before I can train chest the way I want to. icon_sad.gif

    Injuries suck, but they are part of the deal if you are lifting for power.

    I'm sure everyone who has posted here will agree that all the down time is really a bitter pill.
  • nomadfornow

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    Feb 23, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    Dbrad3693 saidThis one is going to sound really gross, but i have to share it because I just found out this morning and want to share.

    For the past 3 weeks I have been having horrble stomach problems. Wont go to into detail. But also during this 3 weeks, my engery in the gym has been awful and I have been getting weaker. Much weaker.

    So i finally decided to go to a doctor realize that this thing whatever it is wont fix itself. That was thursday.

    This morning my doctor called me and informed me that I have a parasitic virus in my stomach. Aka a parasite.
    It has been eating all the nutrients out of my food and not giving any to the rest of my body. And i wasnt eating a lot to begin with because of my weightloss plan... Im now on meds that put me to sleep for the next 5 days icon_sad.gif


    YIKES!!

    Get better soon, bud!
  • nomadfornow

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    Feb 23, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    I had two groin surgeries between November 2010 and August 2011, the first for an extremely large varicocele and the second for an extremely large inguinal hernia on the same side. The hernia was there the whole time, but due to a misdiagnosis, it wasn't treated for almost another year. In the meantime, my core strength was severely compromised, and working out was extremely painful on the handful of times I attempted it. All patched up now, though, and slowly getting my way back up to par. However, even after all these months, I still have to be careful of what kind of abdominal work I do... I have to focus more on things like planks now, and avoid any kind of weighted crunches.
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    Feb 23, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    Biggest setback for me - had my wisdom teeth removed and a couple of weeks later, had dental braces put on. Painful experience to eat. Anything that required chewing was out of the question. Pretty much on liquid diet for couple of months. Ended up losing 20 lbs when I was about 140 lbs. Slowly got my strength and weight back and more.
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    Feb 25, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    I've hit my first "setback" since I started training about 10 months ago.

    A little over a week ago, on chest/tricep day, I went through my chest workout and then went through part of tri's. I began doing bench dips - which I normally can knock out like crazy - when I started to get a shooting pain in my chest - right on my sternum. I feel like I've pulled something right there. It is still sore. In fact, on Thursday when it was time to do dips again, I couldn't do any.

    Has anyone ever pulled a muscle in that area before? What is the method of recovery for something like this?

    Sorry if that's a dumb question.

    This is frustrating, because as you can see from my picture, my chest is my worst body part. I desperately want the man boobs to go away.
  • SuperPump

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    Feb 27, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    fractured neck and back from a car accident
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    Feb 27, 2012 6:24 AM GMT
    jeffster saidI'm going through mine right now. I got assaulted at work in early January and fractured my tibial plateau in my knee and busted a few ribs. I'm finally getting cleared to go back to work so this means I can go back to the gym. I'm slowly moving back into things but have lost a lot of strength in my legs because of being on crutches. I'm going to take it slowly and strengthen my knee again before I do anything too crazy.


    Dude, what do you do for work? And who assaulted you to mess you up like that? I at least hope you're a cop or a security guard.
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    Feb 27, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    I pulled or tore something in my lower shoulder area playing tennis. It was my first time having a heavy workout the day before going out and playing. I'm use to small injuries like this, but it happened 2 or 3 weeks ago and still hasn't healed yet.