Bodybuilding saved my life because I overcame the nerd stage. I got picked on. I was fascinated with power, and then I decided to take that direction because I knew that would make me feel good about myself.
This post was originally published on the Trans Can Sport blog.
Growing up, I couldn’t connect with either fitness or my gender identity.
I was an overweight teenager, who thought exercise was a means to lose weight and “eating healthy” meant “eating less”.
I would look in the mirror and all I could see was rolls of flesh in the wrong places. I would go to PE class and all I could hear were my peers’ jeers and jabs at my chubby shape.
I hated to look at myself and I hated physical activity. So I never actually got to know my own body. And, when I did, it was in the most self-destructive, hateful way possible.
I have always been an ambitious person. When I set myself a goal, I pursue it to the end of the earth. At 15, I made myself a promise: I would lose my excess weight.
It’s always hard to deal with injuries mentally, but I like to think about it as a new beginning. I can’t change what happened, so the focus needs to go toward healing and coming back stronger than before.
So you went to the gym, you got a little cocky, and a barbell disagreed with you.
Or maybe you had a minor accident at work and the doctor said no heavy lifting for three weeks.
Do you just hide in a corner, crying over the imminent loss of all your gains?
Heck, no. Do all you need to recover, so you can get back to training at your best and pick up from where you left off.
In May 2019, I bruised my sternum, so I had to take two weeks off training. The first few days, it was so painful I could hardly lift my arms, let alone a dumbbell.
Here are my four tips to get better and save muscle, based on my own experience.
Resting for me is fitness training.
We all want to crush it in the gym, but we tend to think our gains depend only on our training and nutrition. However, there are other variables that can go a long way towards improving performance and progress, reducing training fatigue and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). In this article, I’ll cover various recovery strategies I use or recommend based on their cost, ease of implementation, and scientifically assessed and self-reported efficacy.
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