So I finally went too far with my training
and pulled? tore? some muscle on the left side of my back
4 days ago while doing - go figure - one of my fav exercise
which was DB rows.
For those who don't know me my training intensity could
be described as something between war torture and
masochism, I train 7 days a week, I go as heavy as I can
all the time, I train to failure all the time, I do very high
intensity and yet my workouts are all more than 3 hours long
so very high volume as well.
While I don't care about weight and I don't have huge numbers on my lifts
all the compounds are more than twice my bodyweights,
some closer to 3 times. I'm no good with 1RMs but I can move
90% of my 1RM for like 15 reps, my CNS is kinda strange.
So 4 days ago on my 3rd set of DB rows my left side was hurting more than usual,
my initial thought was "wow, it feels awesome I'm hitting my lats like no tomorrow.."
but the pain was just a tad off, something wasn't right.
On the third rep on my left arm
I heard this gut-wrenching sound, not a crack, not a pop, a deaf, muffled "strap" sound
coming from my back, it was horrible. The pain wasn't much at first but I def knew
something was gone bad.
After few attempts to finish my workout I gave up, the pain started to come
quickly becoming unbearable.
I got two muscle relaxer and painkiller injections and the pain went away.
Thoughts of not being able to train again were killing me that night
and I swore to myself that if that turned out to be nothing major
I was going to lower my intensity and train a lil lighter and/or smarter.
The next day tho' I was feeling much better already, not even close to be
able to lift using my back but I could breathe at least.
So what did I do? Well, it was chest day. I did chest.
I started light and without noticing it I somehow I managed to figure out what exercises
I could go heavy again without activating the offended muscles,
I mean I was doing single cluster sets of weighted dips with 90 pounds
strapped on me with pretty much all the muscles on the left side of my
back pulled.. how stupid is that? Did I know it? Yes
Could I stop myself? Nope
Bottom line: I realized I am just not able to train light,
I'm not able NOT to go to failure every time, no matter what.
I don't do it that way I just lose interest in being in the weight room.
At the same time I realize that I'm gonna hurt myself badly one of these days.
What concerns me the most is the way I injured myself this time,
I can stand a great deal of pain, way above the average bbs,
but I've always thought - assuming perfect form - you just *couldn't*
hurt yourself voluntarily like I did, that somehow the body/mind
had some sort of "fail safe", that the pain became unbearable BEFORE
tearing your muscles apart. I mean an accident I understand,
bad movement, too quick, not warmed up ok.. but like that?
I knew the pain was too much but hey, if I can stand I can go on right? Rite..
So I'm asking for some advice here, how the heck do you learn to train light?
When is that heavy becomes TOO heavy? How do you even enjoy training light?
Because that's my problem, I love to train if I train heavy, I feel like I'm fooling
myself if I train light, I don't like it, I wanna get out of the gym if I can't go balls to the walls
How do you guys do that?