As many of you know a couple weeks ago I suffered a tricep tendon tear. The exact prognosis was a full tear right across the triceps tendon. For those of you that don't know, all three heads of the triceps meet at one point at the tendon and that connects to the elbow joint.
I severed that tendon bench pressing. I wasn't going extremely heavy when it happened, it was a working set but not a failure set. I had 315lbs on the bar which I can normally rep out for 10-12 reps pretty easily, so stupidity wasn't the reason.
Its pretty simple, I have been going hard for 20 years and there was a lot of scar tissue built up on that tendon. I had already had a small tear in that tendon repaired about ten years ago and it has been soar for a LONG time. I basically have been getting by with message therapy, tiger balm, elbow sleeves and lots of ice. Eventually tho this was going to happen, it was just a matter of when.
So for those of you wondering how to prevent such an injury, there isn't always a way to fix it. Rest would have been the number one way to fix the issue but when lifting weights and competing is your job, rest isn't always an option.
I had a lot of obligations in the next month, video collabs, photo shoots, the show, my own youtube, etc. all were scheduled for the last four weeks before the show when I was most shredded.
Here we are now tho two weeks post surgery. I had surgery the day after, they put me into a cast/splint type thing on my arm so I couldn't bend it at all for two weeks and now I've graduated to this robo-arm that allows me to bend it 30 degrees for now with a 20 degreee increase each week until I'm back to full bend.
Where do I go from here?
Well, for a while I sat on my ass and felt sorry for myself. I ate a lot of Big Mac's and pizza and when I was done feeling sorry for myself I took stock in what had happened. So I'm injured, what does it really mean?
I can't train the left side of my upper body for about two months. Ok. Studies show that training one side of your body can help keep the injured side from atrophy. Thats what I'm doing now, right side chest, back, shoulder, arm.
Also I'm focusing on my biggest weak points, hamstrings and calves. Basically what I'm trying to tell you is bad shit happens to everyone. Bad shit comes in all forms, physical injury, mental health issues that keep you away from training, addiction, financial issues, relationship issues, etc.
There are SO MANY things that can keep us away from our goals if we let them but thats not how life works. Life throws shit at you and its your job to figure out how to dodge it or brush it off!
No, thats not just some fluffy shit that motivational speakers say. In all my time as a bodybuilder I have encountered all of those obstacles I mentioned at one point or another. I always felt my job was to take those obstacles on head on. Yes they can break you down for a min, you just have to regroup and figure out how to get to the other side. It's not always easy, it's not always practical, sometimes while you're trying to get through you want to quit, its your job (my job) to navigate it without fail.
Remember, if your goals are worth it, if they're big, you're going to encounter issues. No one ever reached a pinnacle of anything without falling a few times along the way.
Sacrifice Without Regret,
Fouad 'Hoss' Abiad