When the alarm went off at 5:00 a.m., my back seized up and I could barely reach over to the nightstand to turn it off.
It hurt to lie down.
It hurt to stand.
It hurt to get dressed.
It hurt to reach for my coffee mug.
Good times, right?
Any other day, I might’ve given up and skipped the gym, but this is the last week of an awesome training program and I have BIG issues with closure.
After getting to the gym (with a mask on!), I explained to a trainer that it felt like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a steel grip on the middle of my spine.
She quietly listened with mild empathy and explained that I was likely just sore. Fortunately, I wasn’t going to die a cripple at the hands of an invisible fitness icon.
See, your back has a ton of muscles. And just like the muscles in your chest, legs, or arms, they get sore sometimes when you workout.
Unlike your other muscle groups, your back muscles surround and connect to your spine. That’s why back injuries (or soreness/tightness in your back muscles) feel so debilitating.
TIP: Staying hydrated, good posture, stretching, foam rolling, and working out with correct form will help keep your back healthy and strong.
Later in the workout (which was going pretty smooth after some stretching), my back was feeling tight again and I knew it was gonna be near impossible to do a final set of squats for a 5 rep max.
When I tried to explain to another trainer that I wasn’t trying to punk out, he stopped me and said:
“This isn’t Game Day, bro. Are you playing in the Super Bowl? Are you a powerlifter at a competition? NO! Don’t be stupid. Back way off the weight until it’s crazy easy and do as many reps as you can with perfect form. Live to lift another day.”
Live to lift another day.
I love that.
Sometimes you need to listen to your body and take a break.
Sometimes you need to listen to your body AND get advice from a professional.
Like when the trainer explained that my back was just sore and I wasn’t paralyzed.
Like when the other trainer told me not to be stupid.
Live to lift another day.
FIT FINDS OF THE WEEK
READ: With all the craziness in the world, The Daily Stoic is a source of wisdom and peace that helps me stay level headed. This week, one passage in particular stood out:
“Our job is tough enough already. We don’t have time to think about what other people are thinking, even if it’s about us.”
Let the haters hate while you focus on being good and doing good.
WATCH: Some movie theaters are finally open and adhering to CDC guidelines. My son and I drove over an hour to see Tenet (the floor wasn’t even sticky!!). It was incredible. I can’t wait to see it again. Christopher Nolan is a genius.
LISTEN: Presidential elections have ALWAYS been crazy. If you think recent elections have been bonkers, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The podcast, American Elections: Wicked Game, explores all 58 presidential elections to discover that there never was a “good ol’ days”, and that presidential politics has always been played dirty.
GEAR: I use a workout app on my phone and hate putting it on the ground during a training session. I’m afraid of stepping on it, dropping a weight on it, or spilling my water bottle all over it. This nifty little case by MagBak has a powerful magnet built into it that 1) doesn’t damage your phone AND 2) works with wireless chargers. It’s my favorite case by far.
Move your body. 🏃♂️
Clear your mind. 🤯
See you next time,
P.S. This newsletter is sponsored by Crossrope.
I hate cardio. I know it’s good for you, but I just don’t like it. Jump rope (especially the weighted ropes by Crossrope) is a fantastic alternative because it’s fun, burns fat, and you get the cardio benefits.