The following is an article that i wrote a few months ago about my own experiece dealing with an injury. The article is about finding ways to keep training while injured, working around them and getting something positive out of them. Being injured is not an excuse to get depressed and stop training...injuries happen all the time and they are only obstacles along the way that we need to overcome.
I hope you like it
Wheels from Hell
By Pro Natural Bodybuilder Francisco Montealegre
I couldn’t find a more suitable name for this leg workout…I was trying to name it and all that I came out of mind was all the pain that I had to endure while doing it!....Well, it all started back in fall 2008 at the end of a long off-season for me. Everything was going according to my plans and I was feeling like I had made good improvements to my physique…. until it happened!!.. It Hurt just to remember…I was in the middle of a very intense squat session when after the 10th rep I decided to go for two more…I took a deep breath and I went all the way down then I pushed as hard as I could when I felt like if somebody stabbed me in the back!! Ouch!!....A sharp pain like an electric shock passed thru my body and instantly I knew that something was wrong…very wrong!
I managed to put all that weight back to the squat rack. My back hurt just by breathing…my head was inundated with feelings….. How was I able to make that stupid mistake? How could I hurt myself just a few months before starting my prep? Now What? My head was out of the game…my workout and perhaps my competition plans were over!
Like a wounded animal I left the gym with my morale on the floor. That night was pretty bad not only because my spine hurt like crazy but also because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The frustration of ruining in a moment almost 2 years of preparation was killing me. Next day with a fresh mind I was back in the game..I constantly repeated in my head “No injury will stay on my way. My strength doesn’t come from physical capacity but from an indomitable will…and I will find a way around this”. To Stop Working out my legs was not an option.
The PROBLEM and the SOLUTION
The only few exercises that I could think of that will allow me to train my legs and keep my injury safe was the Leg press, leg curl and leg extension. So I decided to design a workout around those 3 exercises. However the workout needed to have a good foundation and be based on science or I would be wasting my time. After a lot of research I came across a Hungarian leg workout that was similar to what I was planning to do. It was a simple workout that consisted on 3 exercises (the squat, leg curls and leg extensions) so I decided to use it as a template and modify it to my own needs.