Injuries suck, period. I mean seriously, isn’t it terrible when you finally get into a groove, starting to see some excellent results from P90X, and then BAM, time for an injury, and now you’re set back for a few weeks or even a few months? Don’t worry, I’ve been doing P90X for over 3 and a half years now, and it’s happened to me more times that I would have liked. In fact, there was one time when I completely shattered my hand (not because of P90X), had to have surgery and pins inserted into my hand, and I was literally knocked out of doing ANYTHING, including cardio, for a good 3 months! AHH! Talk about being miserable! I hated the fact that I had to watch my body shrink from the lack of resistance training to just about nothing. All that hard work, all that commitment thrown right out the window, and all I could do is sit back and watch. Not fun.
Injuries are going to happen, no matter how much you attempt to prevent them. It happens to the best of us, but there are some things to do to reduce the risk of injury. First of all, warm up and stretch. It baffles me when I see people just jump right into resistance or cardio training without warming up or stretching first! The chances of you pulling or tearing something sky rocket when you don’t do so, so why wouldn’t you take a few minutes to lightly jog and then stretch? Doesn’t make sense to me. However, I can only say that now because I had learned the hard way. A few years ago I decided to run on the treadmill for my workout, and instead of warming up, I thought I could just jump right into the sprint speed and be OK. False. I ended up partially tearing my Achilles Tendon, and it took quite a while to heal. What’s dumb is that I first felt a little tweak, but instead of stopping I kept on going, and that’s when the real damage occurred. Lesson: If you feel a tweak, immediately stop what you’re doing so you don’t make the injury worse!
If you get injured during P90X, it’s absolutely crucial that you not only go get it checked out, but make sure you give it proper rest time before jumping right back into the workouts. Sometimes what happens is that people get a little too antsy and come back before they should, and then they end up really injuring themselves, setting them back another few months. Before you get back to your normal routine, make sure you check with your doctor first to make sure everything is healed 100%. Also, take it lightly when you first start, just to make sure everything truly is healed. You don’t want to come back from a bicep tear and immediately try to curl 55 lbs dumbbells. That’s a recipe for disaster! Remember, P90X is a very intense workout, and the last thing you want to do is come back too early and really mess something up!
I’ve had many injuries during P90X like the hand and Achilles Tendon injuries that I mentioned above, which were pretty serious, but I’ve also had minor injuries as well, such as strained quads, hamstrings, ankles, etc. In fact, I’m just now starting to get over a strained hamstring and lat from the workouts a few weeks ago. They are getting better, but still bothering me a little, so I’ve been taking it fairly light with the legs and back workouts, hoping they will heal up soon so that I can get back to things full force! I love to workout with great intensity so this is driving me nuts, but I’m not going to be stupid and try to rush back into it. I’ll take my time and let these heal so that I don’t really mess things up. Anyways, when it all comes down to it, injuries are going to happen and you have to accept that. Remember, when you do injure something, don’t be stubborn and go get it checked out, and when you do eventually come back, don’t try to go 100% right away!
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