Remember that OLD school tune with Rage Against the Machine, “Know the Enemy”?
Yep, Yep… well, with training, it’s the same difference.
The other day I saw a video of Louie Simmons hitting rack pulls, I was inspired, and decided I too, need to do rack pulls.
Problem is, I’ve been injured on them before, even with light weights well below my max.
Well, as my boy Jonny Hinds says, we’re part of the knuckle head crew. We KNOW not to do certain things but we still do them.
Squats of all types and trap bar deadlifts work plenty fine for me, and, eventually, ya just gotta cut your losses and eliminate some movements.
Heavy rack pulls and even light rack pulls don’t get me stronger OR make my back feel good.
Speed deads work great for me and yes, NO deadlifting works quite well, too.
I remember when I first opened my gym, I was in there a lot and wanted a lil’ change of scenery and some motivation. I decided to train at the gym next door as I was about to deadlift. I knew that people watching me would fire me up.
I was also doing lots of sled work at the end of each workout as well as 2 – 3 trips during my warm ups.
I went in and deadlifted 515 for an easy single, beating my best 500 lb deadlift. I realized then I didn’t need to deadlift to break a deadlift record, but, sometimes we fall in love with an exercise and overdo it.
Be smart and LISTEN to your body, do what it tells you to do. Right now, I am in rest & recovery mode, something I haven’t done since I graduated from undergrad and finished a stressful 4 month internship. My body was wiped out as was my body. I rested and stopped training until my body told me it was time to get back in action.
The Bench Press is awesome, BUT, if it kills your shoulders even after you’ve worked with experts in the field to make it better, f**k it, get rid of it and do what works and what feels good for YOU.
Don’t be afraid to veer from a program that you love, but may be causing you some bodily harm. The more you train the more things change – your body begins to respond to things differently and you need to keep tweaking your program to find what does two things for you:
1) What makes you stronger, bigger, faster, etc – improves overall performance
2) What makes you feel GREAT, not just good, but GREAT. If the training bangs you up, change it up and drop out of the knucklehead club.
PS: I’ll be laying low on external resistance until my body tells me it’s time to get back to it. As I am in rest & recovery mode, my next assault will be on taking my bodyweight & gymnastics based drills to a new level.
Follow along with me, This is Legit – The Convict Conditioning Workout
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