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CMD GYM Works hard to avoid all outside distractions.. Inside our walls the purpose is to push our limits. strengthen our weaknesses and break our mental barriers that each of us are capable of doing.. Our Standards are high and Our expectations are higher. We make the Arena hard. So once outside the world becomes easier…We only welcome like minded people.

Why Hurting My Back, Was The Best Thing That Could Happen To Me....

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Whats the one lift you probably should avoid when you didn’t get enough sleep, feeling stressed, didn’t eat enough and only got about 20 minutes in the gym to get a workout done? YES, you are absolutely right, deadlift of course! So here I was doing heavy doubles without any real warmup, on the second lift of the second round I felt a big POP in my lower back…

When I’m coaching my clients the one movement I’m on their asses about doing right is the deadlift, I know the injury risk of that lift if its done incorrectly. I know better then to do heavy lifts at all if I’m not warmed up correctly or don’t feel that my body is 100%. Still the meathead in me took over and I got hurt bad. I had to spend the next 6 days in bed barely able to move at all. To make it to the toilet took me about 20 minutes back and forth(Thanks god for netflix!) Im still to this day recovering from the injury and I have to plan every single workout I do in the gym around it which has taught me a lot.

The weeks, or even months leading up to the injury had been crazy stressful for me from dealing with a full time job, trying to get my own projekt going in the gym, starting a podcast and planing big future plans for CMD gym. On top of that I was on high carb diet trying to hit heavy numbers on the “three kings” in the gym(deadlift, back squats and bench press) and even though the gym is where I calm my head down it is still adding another stresser to the body.

So why was this the best thing that could happen to me?!

Well.. i honestly believe that it was the universe telling me to slow the fuck down, take a step back and organise your shit! And thats exactly what I did. 

So there I was stuck in my bed and could not leave the house with only the food I’ve been putting in my body for the last 6 months. As I said earlier I was on a high carb diet, mostly chicken, lean fish. A LOT of rice or pasta and broccoli(classic bodybuilding bulk diet) No real salads, no real fats, no quality meat. So for the first 2-3 days I kept on eating that but since I wasn’t able to hit the gym I felt really sluggish from it, but in my mind I didn’t want to loose GAINS and was tricking myself that I be back in the gym doing the same shit in a week or so. Well, that was a complete lie....

So 3 days in I decided to completely cut out all the fast carbs and only ate chicken, lean fish and broccoli. My body immediately felt better. I slept better, my mind worked better and I got a lot more energy. But I still didn’t feel optimised, and yes, it also had to do with that I couldn’t workout in the gym of course. But I still had work to do on my diet..

6 days after I hurt my back I was able to get in my car, drive to the gym, walk in with a cane and do light upper-body work with dumbbells. It was still hurting like hell but I had to get my body moving just a little bit or i would go insane. I look at training as brushing my teeth, so imagine how bad you would feel if you didn’t brush your teeth for 6 days. Still, the work I was able to put in the gym was far from what I was doing before but it felt fucking awesome to be able to move just a little bit again. So for the next 2 weeks I went to the gym every single day and just did light upper body work with dumbbells. As I was getting better I started doing a lot of kettlebell, battle ropes, sandbags, slam balls and body weight workouts witch still to this day is mostly what I use in my workout routine. You rarely see me in the gym with a barbell, nothing against barbells but for me right know with a tight schedule outside the gym thats the kind of workouts that works absolutely best for me, along with walking, stretching, hockey, running, yoga, golf, floor hockey and all the stuff I do outside the gym. 

Another thing that helped me stay sane was the morning walks. About 1,5 weeks after the injury I was able to go on short walks, so I immediately started doing that every morning and pushed myself to go for longer and longer walks, sometimes I pushed to hard and was stuck in the bed for a couple of hours afterwards, but hey, that how your learn right? The amount of energy I got from starting my day with a morning walk and waking my body up with movement was so major that I still to this day do a 20-30 minute walk first thing in the morning every time I’m able to. But thats a whole other blog post...

So back to the diet…

So as I was able to drive myself to the gym after 6 days I was also able to go to the grocery store so i decided to do a full 180 from the diet I was doing before and went full keto(high fat, protein, low carbs and almost zero sugar)So I changed the chicken to quality meat, the lean fish to fatty fish, and the rice and broccoli to salads and avocados. This diet really works for me, I know its not for everyone but for my body its a perfect match, or ALMOST a prefect match. (My diet has since changed just a little bit but thats also a whole other blog post.) My energy went up even more, I slept even better and it honestly felt like my back was healing faster from this. And this is not discarding a carb diet by any means, if you going after big numbers in the gym or wanna get jacked thats probably the preferred diet to go with. For me right now woking out is just one of the tools I use to keep my body fresh and ready for everything I do outside the gym like podcasting, blogging, reading, researching but also keep me sharp inside the gym with coaching classes and personal training with my clients.

The keto diet is the only diet I've ever tried (and I've tried ALOT!) that gave me both the energy to crush it in the gym along with the mental clarity I need to attack everything outside it.

So to sum up a long story…

Even though my back injury set me back in the gym when it comes strength and I lost some size I still got all the benefits from it. I decided early on the see this as an opportunity to make some changes all around. I also was lucky with my back and it turned out to just be a muscle tear so my spine is fine. But even now almost 4 months after it happened I sometimes wake up with a sore back so I’m not 100% healed yet. 

I guess it all comes back to mindset and how you decide to tackle a step back, for me this back injury was the best thing that could ever happen to me and really set me on a path to optimise my lifestyle all around. Since the injury I completely changed my diet, changed my workout routine, I don’t work at my regular job as much, I prioritise recovery work over workouts if needed, I read more, I sleep better and the list goes on…

//TOM