Mental Blocks

  • nomad4life

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    Jun 03, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    So I'm at the gym, and my friend (rare since I like to work out alone) suggests we do some power squats. I'm like sure why not. He gets there before me and starts and that's when I realized how much I REALLY don't want to do them. I got run over last year and broke my hip, upper femur into the joint, and it took me a long time to heal up from it. Since then I guess I just forgot about the squat exercises but when I watched him, all I could think about was my bones and muscles ripping open as soon as I tried.

    Anyone ever have a mental block about certain exercises? How do you get over it?
  • MikeW

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    Jun 03, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    Not sure my reply will be helpful as yours is based on previous injury and mine is simply fear due to old age.

    I avoided even attempting to do squats for at least a year when I began working out (age 62). I would watch much younger guys doing it with a LOT of weight and I'd think to myself, 'noway!' However, I also knew that squats were important moves for overall body building so...

    First, I worked with a personal trainer to show me exactly how to do it and watch me and make corrections while squatting with very (embarrassingly) light weight.

    Second, after I felt comfortable with my form, I began increasing the weight each time but *never* going beyond what I knew I could safely handle.

    Third, on occasion I'd set up the squat rack with the rails high up. I get under the bar and hoist it a couple inches. This way I could load the bar up (I've gotten up to 400lbs) and *safely* condition my body to be able to hold that much weight. Granted, I can't do a full range of motion with that much weight and may never be able to do that but by adjusting the height of the rails, I've 'conditioned' my body to handle more weight in less than full range.

    I still don't squat full range with super heavy weight like some guys do but I feel comfortable doing multiple reps and sets full range with 160. I realize that's not a lot by most guys standards but considering where I started, that's a lot for me. I'll keep upping the weight little by little as I feel stronger and more confident.

    If I were in your situation I'd make damn sure to discuss my previous injuries with a qualified professional before doing anything too heavy. Since you are young you're probably fine but, still, why take the risk? I know the *last* thing I need is an injury that will keep me out of commission for weeks or months!

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    Jun 03, 2013 5:24 PM GMT
    Check with the doctor or rehab person you worked with and ask them. Then proceed accordingly.

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    Jun 04, 2013 3:11 PM GMT
    I can't even watch someone doing squats without my sciatic nerve inflaming and want to scream if they're not using a weight belt--often wonder if they'll be able to get out of bed in 20 years.
    I don't think of it as a block, so much as self preservation.
    There are other exercises/equipment that are less harmful, albeit more time consuming.
  • nomad4life

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    Jun 04, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice. My doctor signed me off so I guess I just need to force myself to talk to one of the trainers
  • Jack1984

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    Jun 27, 2013 10:27 PM GMT
    I had a fracture of my lateral malleolus a few years back. I have recently realised that my difficulty with walking lunges has nothing to do with pain or instability and is completely in my head......

    Mind over matter!icon_biggrin.gif
  • nomad4life

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    Jun 27, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
    Yeah, man, same here. One of the guys there helped me and now I'm squatting again! Making room for a new ass!
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    Jun 28, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    This might be less mental block and more instinct. I'd follow it and wait until you're ready.
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    Jun 29, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
    friendlyface08 saidAnyone ever have a mental block about certain exercises? How do you get over it?
    I had two herniated disks in mid-2010 (L-4 and 5). By mid-2011 I was squatting again. Now I can squat more than I did then.

    I got over it by not giving a fuck. I got over it once; I can get over it again. icon_cool.gif