Early 2014, my training was going strong. I was diving back into a competitive fitness program after 5 years of competing in Strongman.
I was training hard, often. I was eating well, sleeping well, and recovering well.
Then in December, our first son was born. Without a doubt, one of the best things to ever happen to me, and has changed my life for the better in more ways than I can count.
I remember taking some time off, and then trying to get back to “normal” squatting.
I set some goals like I usually would, and tackled a “normal” program for me.
But about halfway through the squat program (and about halfway up a squat), I felt a lightning strike go up my thigh.
Yep, I’d just experienced a pretty bad strain. And it’s an injury that would pop back up for YEARS (honestly until just this past month, I hadn’t squatted over 400 again since about that time).
The issue? I was setting goals and attempting to train based on my life before kids. And obviously, I had the easy end of the deal here since my wife is the one who carried him for 9 months and delivered him.
But I was lacking sleep, my stress was way up, and my eating was out the window. And it took a toll on my body, and how I could recover from a workout that used to be “normal”.
I was setting my goals based on my OLD life, rather than my CURRENT one.
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