Calisthenics, Injuries and Life

by Corey Howard on February 10, 2015

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Corey Howard One Arm Aussie Pull-Up

On June 8 of 2014, I turned 40.  The following day I had surgery to repair a ruptured triceps in my right arm.  In late August, just 3 months later I was able to pass all of the skill elements for my RKC recertification using ONLY calisthenics for training.  But what happened in between those dates is where the magic of calisthenics lies.

Fitness gives me life.  It helps me stay in shape so I can help out my wife around the house and keep crossing things off the seemingly never ending to-do list.  Being in shape gives me the ability to play basketball with my son in the driveway, or throw soft toss to him in the batting cage.  In late May when I ruptured my triceps I was no stranger to working around injuries, but it still gave me a few new opportunities.  First, I was able to focus entirely on my lower body and write what turned out to be a fairly successful blog post about calisthenics leg training.  Second, it forced me to start my upper body training from ground zero and really dig deeper into the Convict Conditioning progressions.

How does an advanced lifter re-teach himself one arm push-ups?  I will admit, despite limited range of motion in my elbow and absolutely zero pushing strength in my right arm; I had retained most of my pulling strength.  After regaining complete active full range of motion in the joint I was able to start push-ups at an incline as well as horizontal pull-ups. Pairing the pushing and pulling together gave me a chance to work on regaining my tricep strength as well as the range of motion from the pulling movements.

Despite my youthful desire to challenge myself and rush to the next progression I made sure I was able to hit 20 quality reps with each movement before moving on to the next harder step.  I think this also helped strengthen the tendon as well as create movement proficiency.  Eventually I was able to do 20 quality narrow push-ups on the floor and 20 wide grip pull-ups with my ankles elevated on a support bar.

Corey Howard One Arm Raised Push-Up

The transition to a dead hang pull-up was surprisingly quick and easy, but moving to the one arm push-up proved to be a bit more challenging.  To accommodate the added weight and strain on the elbow joint I had to move to incline one-arm push-ups and follow a similar rep progression back to the ground.  I think it really helped practicing single arm push-ups at various heights and immediately following it with tight narrow push-ups on the floor.

I learned a couple things along the way.  First, patience is everything.  Don’t rush to get to the next progression until you’ve mastered the step you’re on.  As Paul Wade says in Convict Conditioning, earn the right to advance to the next step.  This pays dividends when you attempt the next step and find that you can actually control a few reps with quality technique instead of surviving and gutting out two or three sloppy injury risking reps.  Second, most of us are not professional athletes.  Yes, a lot of us think part of our identity comes from what we can do in the gym.  Our true identity is created by how we are as a husband and father.  My injury sucked.  It took away my ability to train upper body and I lost some of my hard earned muscle mass, but that paled in comparison to not being able to play catch with my son, or help my wife carry in the groceries.

On Friday January 9th, I ruptured my bicep in the other arm.  On Monday the 19th I had surgery to repair that. Click here for a photo during the repair process. Warning: Graphic medical photo.  Two major injuries in six months.  This time around I’m not worried about the lost training time, I’m upset that I won’t be able to go sledding with my son, or do everything my wife needs me to do.  I’ll admit I’m having a hard time dealing with this one. Three months from now I know I’ll look back and see countless blessings from this, including a deeper appreciation for the pull-up progressions, but right now I’m in the storm and it’s tough to see the shore over the tall waves.

Corey Howard Recovers From Surgery

I know there are tons of people dealing with worse situations than mine; those of us in the fitness world sometimes stake too much of our identity on our physical capabilities. Twenty years from now the only thing people will remember is how you treated your family and those around you. It’s easy to forget that we work out to be healthy and so we can have a good quality of life. I may have temporarily lost the use of my arm, but I’m not going to let myself lose sight of the big picture.

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About Corey Howard, PCC, RKC, CK-FMS: Corey Howard strives to constantly become stronger, and to help others to achieve their fitness goals. He is the owner of Results Personal Training, and can be reached at fithubby.com, resultsptonline.com or coreyhoward.com.

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  • troy

    hey man,
    whats the point of this entry? to tell us, that you obviously do not know how to train? and yet, you are still certified…for what???
    this fitness world can get s stupid sometimes…

    • Matt

      This guy only seems to post articles about how weak and injury prone he is. Would i hire this “advanced lifter” who trains himself… NEVER!

      • Corey Howard

        Matt, thanks for reading my articles!

    • Corey Howard

      troy,
      First, thanks for reading and posting in the comments. The point of the entry is that sometimes injuries happen and what we take from these life altering moments and how we respond is very important. Fortunately I’ve had some amazing learning opportunities come from it. It also stresses the importance of not staking your identity in what you can do in the gym, but rather how you treat others.

  • Steve Cooper

    Got to sort of agree with Troy on this. any trainer that injures him/her self really needs to examine their whole approach. To do it twice in quick succession……! Assuming that there’s no underlying pathology, someone is doing something wrong here. As the saying goes, any trainer who trains himself has a fool for a client.

    • Matt

      Exactly!

    • Corey Howard

      Steve, thanks for reading. Due to the nature of this article I did not go into the reason why my tricep ruptured back in June but rather how I responded and what positive things I took from it. That injury was not a result from any activity in the gym. Yes, I do have some genetic factors that put me at risk for tendon issues and that’s not anything I can overcome. I appreciate your opinion and wish you nothing but success in and out of the gym.

  • Larry

    If I were you I’d be questioning why you’re rupturing these muscles. Over training or is there a medical reason?

    • Corey Howard

      Larry, thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, there is a genetic issue that has been discovered, and no it’s not overtraining.

  • Simeon Reigle

    Play nice boys. Larry, Steve Cooper, Troy, this site and everyone on stands for respectful treatment of others. It doesn’t matter what you think about them, you need to be courtious and polite in how you deal with everyone.

    • Corey Howard

      Thank you Simeon.

  • mike

    That sucks man! Tore my ACL last year training muay thai in Thailand. At 43 i am no spring chicken, but 12 months later i am back at 100%. Forced me to rethink my training for sure. Good luck.

    • Corey Howard

      Thank you Mike. Sorry to hear about your ACL! You’re right though, injuries give us an opportunity to slow down and gain perspective. Best of luck with your training!!

  • troy

    @martymonster
    hey man, i did not want to offend corey.
    but there is no need in pitying someone who obviously does something wrong, but still gets certification and the license to teach others.
    age cannot be your serious excuse. there are people twice his age, who are able to do even twice as much like this young man.
    i too get sometimes pain in my elbows. but i try to learn things,to avoid the same mistakes again. and i have no weekend certification (yes, i find those CERTIFICATIONS hilarious, but thats my problem).
    nevertheless, i hope corey get well soon.

    • Corey Howard

      Troy, don’t worry, I didn’t find you offensive in the least, nor was I seeking your pity when I wrote this article. Thanks for the get well soon comment. Best of luck with your training!

  • Jill

    Why does this certification entitiy reward people for hurting themselves? This guy clearly states that he only does dragondoor routines, and has destroyed himself. And for what? so he can impress the Dragondoor brass to promote himself in the organization? How many clients has this guy seriously injured in the last 6 months, the last year, the last few years? I think Mr. Du Cane needs to have a conversation with this guy about not soiling dragondoors name. Either that, or they can put out a book about how to keep injuring yourself, one serious injury at a time. I bet his ortho doc LOVES him!

    • I’m not one to speak on Corey’s medical situation, but there are other issues at hand that I hope he’ll address.

      Personally, as a Senior PCC Instructor I’m very proud to report that I am and always have been injury free, as are my students. The methodologies taught are safe, fun, and effective.

    • Corey Howard

      Jill, thanks for reading the article! I appreciate your opinion. As far as “routines” go… DragonDoor is a publishing company with certifications in kettlebells and calisthenics, they do not give us “routines”. They simply have some of the best instructors available teaching appropriate progressions. I appreciate your injured client question and I can honestly say that I’ve never injured anyone in all the years I’ve been in the industry. Thanks for reading and I wish you nothing but success in your training.

  • Matt Trainor

    Smoking article…..calisthenics, jump rope, and tumbling are the future of advanced training. Some people offer strength based gyms but let’s be honest, those don’t work.

    • Corey Howard

      Thanks Matt!

  • Alex

    THIS is the exact stigma that we in the fitness industry are trying to avoid. If you are a cook in a kitchen, and are missing 4 fingers and have a freddy kruger scarred face… does that mean u should be teaching others how to cook?

    and is all this advanced training really needed to help his wife with housework?

    Marty, in all seriousness, would you hire him at $75+ an hour to help you injure yourself?

    • Corey Howard

      Alex, I appreciate your opinion and thank you for the comments. I wish you the best of luck with your training.

    • martymonster

      @Alex,
      Rampant assumptions much….seriously, do you not think you just may have made a few?

  • Steve Cooper

    Anyone who takes people’s money to train them owes them a duty of care. As a trainer, you/you’re body is your main work tool and without it being in good working order, you can’t ply your trade. If a trainer can’t be trusted to look after themselves, and train smart and without injury, how can they be trusted with someone who is deconditioned and probably doesn’t know any better? I’m not being disrespectful, Simeon, but a professional who can’t remain uninjured really needs to take a close look at what they are doing and how. Martymonster, I’m 54 this year, have trained in various sports and activities including martial arts, other fighting sports, rugby and volleyball and in the last 2 years, powerlifting. I am a personal trainer and RKC and Primal Move instructor, and I am also a sports massage therapist and have served in the military, as a bodyguard and as a firefighter. So far, I have suffered no major injuries in probably 4 decades of training, other than broken nose, broken toes and fingers and a few pulled muscles and certainly no significant self-inflicted injuries. I train hard 5-6 days a week, weigh 85 kilos and have a bodyfat of about 12%. So, with a few years behind me, I think I am qualified to comment and the freedoms associated with social media allow me to do so.

    • Corey Howard

      Steve, thanks again for posting! I can appreciate the assumption that my injuries have occurred because I’m a fool, or push myself too hard, or simply don’t know what I’m doing. Again the June injury didn’t occur in the gym and wasn’t a result of training. As mentioned earlier, there is an underlying genetic issue at hand that makes me more susceptible to tendon issues. This does not make me untrustworthy or clueless when it comes to my clients needs. Steve, I appreciate your resume as well… It looks like we have several certifications in common. Thank you for commenting and keep training hard with your powerlifting! Fire it up!!

    • martymonster

      ‘The freedoms associated with social media’…should probably also entail some responsibility in seeing if you have the full story before galloping off and impugning a man. For all you knew he could have gotten the injuries by falling off a motorbike.

  • I have read all the comments on here about Corey not knowing what he’s doing, not training right, not representing Dragon Door, etc.

    I got to say I can see where you all are coming from, but I disagree–with TOTAL respect for all other opinions, mind you.

    My take on this is that training is part of life. That’s it. And in life, accidents happen. Weird, random shit happens. The i ching, the butterfly effect, all that jazz. There’s no hiding from it. Talk to LONG-TERM strength athletes and they will tell you this. A guy can deadlift 500 pounds and split his back bending over to pick up a pencil. A girl can max out on HSPUs then bust a rotator cuff turning over in bed. The only person who could possibly state that physical training is totally risk-free is someone who has read about it on the internet and knows all about it–but has never actually tried it.

    I maintain that calisthenics is THE safest form of physical exercise when performed right. But whenever you get out of bed in the morning, you are taking a risk. Oftentimes injuries are freak accidents, whether in the gym or out of the gym. The body is not “fair” like a good mommy or daddy and won’t always play nice if you do. It’s more like a wild dog that can only kinda be tamed. Shit happens.

    The message of this article is clearly not “train in a way to injure yourself”. The message is: “if you get injured, suck it up, have patience and rebuild in a sensible, progressive manner with the correct movements”.

    Who could object to that?!

    On an unrelated note, there’s no way this dude looks 40, he’s much younger. And I can confirm that this has f-all to do with calisthenics. I looked 40 when I was 25 and it’s been downhill from there.

    • Brad Sadl

      ^stated eloquently and perfectly. I read this after i posted my comment. You said it better 🙂

  • Corey Howard

    Thank you for the kind words Marty.

  • Corey Howard

    Wow! I had no idea the article would get this type of a response! Thank you to all that have commented. The big thing here is, I want to thank Al Kavadlo for having the balls to post an article like this! An article that talks more about life than giving out training advice. The whole point of the article is that sometimes injuries happen. It’s up to us to find positives out of it and get back on the horse! Too many times we let our actions in the gym define who we are as a person when really how we treat others or respond to adversity is what really defines us. Fire it up!!

    • Thank YOU, Corey! Your positive energy is infectious! I’m proud to have you in the PCC family!

  • Amber Lee

    Corey is one of the most sincere, humble, and caring trainers I have ever had the honor of working with. If he talks about injury, it’s to teach lessons to others, not to beat his own chest in pride. He has worked around congenital challenges that most people would use as excuses to never move, and he moves better, and more, than people with perfectly healthy bodies with no excuse. Not only does this article not glamourize being injured, if you actually read it, it also explains how he kept moving and training, without any additional injury I might add, and recovered from a pretty nasty injury. While he does mention being able to recert for his RKC, he also talks about his priorities, which are having a good quality of life and spending time with his son, not having the heaviest press in the building, or other foolish persuits. Does he mention being injured again? Yes. Was it due to hubris? I highly doubt it. Thank you Corey for sharing your experience. You are an inspiration as always.

    • Corey Howard

      Thank you very much Amber! Hope all is well with you.

  • I thought this was a great article, my man! Well done.

    I gotta say I love it when an article stirs up controversy, but I am also real surprised that this one was controversial at all. Injuries are part of the game in strength training. Risk is an element of all productive training–always.

    My advice to those reading this is that if you find a coach who pretends otherwise–RUN. (But not too fast, you might fall and get injured.)

  • FattyWhale

    I’ve learned far more from my failures, than I ever learned from my “perceived” successes. The ability to see adversity, not as a”set-back”, but as an opportunity, is a mind-set that everyone needs to have.

    So Corey, thank you for this fine article. And thank you for displaying maturity and respect to those that did not offer it to you. You’re not only a good representative of this community, but you’re an even better example as a man.

    • It’s interesting you should say that about learning more from your injuries than your successes. I read Dave Draper say pretty much the same thing many years back, and he was known for being one of the more sensible, body-wise athletes.

      Who can argue with the Blonde Bomber?!

      • FattyWhale

        Yeah, there’s an Arthur Jones quote I love:

        “We learn, when we learn, only from experience, and then we only learn from our mistakes. Our successes only serve to reinforce our superstitions.”

        • That’s genius there. Awesome quote man!

      • Owsky

        I agree. My workout journal starts to really fill out the moment I get an injury.

        I haven’t had any really serious ones, but even a niggle that keeps you from training for a week is pretty damn annoying. I’m 38, so I have to be a lot more careful than I used to be.

        I’m not being sycophantic here, but I can’t recommend those last few chapters in CC1 enough when it comes to injury – not just the healing chapter but also the psychology chapter. (Not to mention the oft-under apprecated rehab series of each exercise family.

        Still, there are some injuries that take time to figure out. For me there are two, and any insights from anyone here would be greatly appreciated:

        1. A mid forearm pain that feels like a bruise along/under the ulna caused by elbow lever and clutch flag. Not severe, but chronic. Heals in 5-7 days, but reappears every time I return to lever and flag training 🙁

        2. A shoulder pain during pushups (even kneeling pushups!) – despite the fact I can do multiple sets of high reps of parallel dips with no pain whatsoever. It first appeared while I was working my way through close pushups.

        Again, any advice appreciated!

        • Les Gross

          Man, I’ve had a nagging shoulder pain in the front of the joint my entire life! Pushups have certainly improved it, and I don’t get any lasting pain from it, and it only hurts when I’m pushing with my hand centered on my chest.

          It used to hurt when I pressed things overhead or lifted things at odd angles, but that went away after my first few hundred pushups.

          Narrow pushups and Uneven pushups are the only time it hurts, and it’s just a pinch feeling. It hasn’t stopped me from getting 2 sets of 12 on my unevens though, but it is making experimenting with Archer Pushups pretty rough. I’d like to know a bit more about shoulder pain as well.

  • Szarvák Ákos

    Thank you for this post. I’m having a hard time right now – I bruised my left wrist and I think it has something to do with my joints too. It’s hard to get over the fact that I can’t follow my progression – or that I can’t do a PE exam in 3 month. But I finally focusing on my abs and legs – I just really miss those handstands.I can’t wait to work with those exercises again but until that I’ll keep it slow. I might start running as well. It really helped me, thank you. 🙂

    • Corey Howard

      Thank you Szarvak. You keep crushing those leg and ab workouts and you’ll be amazed at how well your handstands are when you can do them again. Keep me posted on your progress. Fire it up!

      • Szarvák Ákos

        Sure I will! Except my comment/post at the second half of March. I might start a diet/training log as well. Thank you for the motivation once more. You rock!

  • Steve Cooper

    corey, respect.

  • Aleks Salkin

    A message to the Keyboard Warriors of the world!

    Put your dreadfully powerful $#!+ talking muscles to rest for a second and utilize your eye muscles. You need a few things clarified for you, it seems.

    First, I know Corey personally and he has been a good friend of mine for years. He is a smart, sensible trainer and athlete, and has an eye and a mind for good movement and proper progression – both for himself and his students. As anyone who trains (rather than just criticizing people on the Internet from the comfort of your mom’s basement) will tell you, sh*t happens. In fact, it is Paul Wade himself who once told me “Sometimes in training you just get f*cked up”. Regardless of how careful you are, it absolutely does happen sometimes.

    Moreover, Corey is one of the only people I know who has *for good* completely given up exercises that no longer agree with his body, namely:

    * Barbell training (he was a powerlifter for many years)
    * double kettlebell training of all kinds

    Both of ’em, completely gone.

    Corey has a serious case of scoliosis and his back and body simply can’t handle that kind of training anymore. Whereas the average meat head would have pressed on until something broke, Corey gave it all up and sought out other means of training. That’s where calisthenics came in.

    Due to my fanaticism for calisthenics, Corey hosted me for a closed-course bodyweight-only workshop for his staff in late 2012 in his gym and was taken aback by the efficacy of a training method he had – to that point – more or less relegated to “Plan B” instead of a full-on discipline. He rapidly began changing his routine and the results rolled in, both for himself and for his clients.

    So how did he get injured, you ask? Oh, that’s right, most of you DIDN’T ask (more fun to criticize, I guess).

    1) His tricep injury occurred when he fell off a mountain bike while biking with his son.
    2) His bicep injury occurred during his regular back lever practice.

    Both of these were freak accidents – especially the back lever incident. In my many years of calisthenics training and research, I’ve heard of people tearing their biceps doing one-arm chinups, maltese on rings, and planches, but never back levers, which are for all intents and purposes a low-level move in the calisthenics cadre (and if you think otherwise, I have news for you: you’re weak).

    Basically, Corey has re-invented himself for the sake of finding safer ways to train and stay active for his family and self – and on new roads, you can always take wrong turns or hit a bump in the road. It happens.

    Perhaps you should re-read Corey’s article and see it for what it is: an appeal to learn how to train around unfortunate and unforseeable injuries, and how to keep in mind what REALLY matters: your family, your friends, and your involvement in their lives, and how fitness should add to that, not diminish it.

    For all of those of you who sought fit to bash Corey without asking further questions about the nature of his injuries or training, take a long, hard look at yourselves and reconsider your quest to “prove yourself” on the Internet and seek instead to understand and be willing to learn from other people’s hard experiences.

    And for godssakes, stop talking sh*t on the Internet, you sissies.

    • Corey Howard

      Thank you very much Aleks! Your kind words are very humbling. I appreciate it a ton.

    • Potically Incorrect

      Finding new ways to train safely? I have a hard time buying that. Piling up injuries, misplaced congratulations, and dr bills seems more like it. (oh yes, and from the article, it appears he has picked up some additional household chores also) How does a spinal condition cause a bicep tear? And with someone who is SO injury prone, do you as a trainer, think that prescribing backlever practice is the right movement to explore? And prebike tricep tear? (he has sustained 2, correct?) And Aleks, easy with the “sissies” and other tough guy talk… i’ve seen some of your youtube videos, and its very funny that you should say something about parents basements.

      I’ve noticed 2 concerning trends in fitness, giving people “props” for injuries, and an overwhelming fakey fakey “good job” on the most trivial accomplishments. Example: A fat guy enters a body building show, and people say “wow, it takes courage to get up there” gimme a break!

      People are quick to defend someone, right or wrong, and there is nothing wrong with that. But just because someone is offended, doesn’t make their opinion more important. I probably need to apologize to Cory, I mean no direct disrespect to him, his family or any of that. But with all due respect, this is the 3rd injury article that he has written, in a very short time period.

      “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action”
      -Ian Flemming

      Rewarding injuries, multiple, and frequent, is no better than giving participation trophies to the kid who strikes out 3 times in a pee wee baseball game and never swings the bat once.

      • Politically Incorrect–Aleks is well-respected coach and athlete, and a badass, to boot. No doubt about that my man!

        You are onto something with your attack on the modern culture that rewards mediocrity or failure. I understand where you’re comin from there and I’m sure a lot of folks will agree with you.

        But don’t you think there is SOME validity to articles on injury? We will all pick something up at some point right?

        “Older women are best, because they think they may be doing it for the last time.”
        -Ian Fleming

        • Les Gross

          I for one wouldn’t want to read articles about training injuries from someone who has never had a serious one, or two, or even three. People learn a lot from their injuries and have good insight for those of us who have been fortunate enough to avoid major ones. Some people are much more prone than others, it doesn’t necissarily mean they’re “doing it wrong” or don’t know how to train. Everyone’s body is different. I’ve never broken a single bone in my 32 years of life, and my best friend broke both of his arms after tripping over a curb (he is a small guy so it wasn’t because he’s heavy). We are just different, with different strengths and weaknesses- he is abnormaly strong for his size, like, Mighty Atom strong.

          I’m with you here, Coach. Articles like this are necessary.

          • That’s a real interesting comment, Les. Gotta say, we are totally on the same page.

        • PC

          Paul, i absolutely agree with you. There is valid points in the article, yes. Getting overwhelmed with all the rewarded mediocrity has no doubt affected me over the course of the last 21 years of my professional training career. I am no different than the next guy, i’ve been dinged and knicked like we all have.
          And i’ve personally met Aleks face to face, that is why i was comfortable addressing him the way i did. I am not an keyboard warrior, i hate this sh*t. I’ve been a Firefighter for 8 years, have 2 degrees in physiology, and currently RKC certified. So hey, im no slouch either 🙂 And Paul, i have 2 of your convict conditioning books and use your methods, not only in my own routines, but clients as well. And the Ian Flemming retort, yup, that made me chuckle! Thanks

          • True words man! PC, didn’t realize you’d met the Hebrew Hammer!

            You firefighters, past and present, always welcome in the PCC community. We may all fear training injuries but that’s pretty much nothing compared to the injury risks (and worse) you guys have had to face.

  • on the fence

    We’ve all been there with injuries. But i am on the fence as to my opinion here. Corey, how did u sustain each of your triceps and bicep injuries? and what type of congenetial disorder do you suffer from? I’d love to do some research on this and see if it explains any of my injuries. Thank you in advance.

    • Aleks Salkin

      On the Fence, read my comment below.

  • Les Gross

    Good article. I inflicted a pretty nice MCL sprain about 9 months ago trying some funky strectch with my girlfriend. I was doing a LOT of plyo metrics at that time, so it cut out a lot of my training. I reverted back to basic squats and gentle lunges and rehabbed the injury 100% in about 8 weeks.

    It wasn’t as nasty as a completely detached muscle, but it did force me to be a bit more careful when trying new things, and gave me much greater body awareness and wisdom. I think it’s great that you stay positive and motivated even with your circumstances. Stay strong!

    • Corey Howard

      Thank you Les. Way to take some positives out of your injury! I hope you’re moving forward and working on your pistol squat progressions now! Best of luck to you in your training.

      • Les Gross

        Hell yeah! I’ll have a full pistol by the end of 2015, I can feel it. I have a bit of chub on my belly that I need to get rid of though, which pushes against my thigh and throws my balance off. I’m slowly but surely fixing that problem though. Currently doing box pistols, and self assisted pistols in the meantime, making great progress.

  • pixelzombie

    Sorry to hear that. I currently have a stubborn trigger finger and a strained left wrist so i can relate in a small way. I’m curious what you were doing to get such injuries. I only ask so i can learn from the misfortune of others. Hope you heal quickly.

  • Best of luck with your recovery mate. Surprised at the hate in the comments here, injuries happen, sometimes you can’t avoid it. It’s what we learn from them, which is the most important thing.

    • Corey Howard

      Thanks Dave. Recovery is going well. Hope all is well in your training!!

  • Colin Mackay

    Hi, Corey
    I read your last post and was hoping to read of how you recovered, but I was sorry to hear you have now busted you bicep.(Scarey photo!). I’ve read all the comments and there is a lot to be learned here for an old beginner like me. Thanks for writing and heal quickly.

    • Corey Howard

      Thanks Colin.

  • Mohammed

    We can learn from others’ misfortunes, which can be a wake up call, a reminder or a lesson to the inexperienced. To those who are full of beans and raring to go but have not yet developed the patience to slow down, analyse and make a plan before jumping in. People who are like I used to be five years ago (and how I still am, occasionally).

    People sometimes need dramatic examples, like that photo, to wake ’em up. To get them to step back and see how things are and how their own actions might result in negative conequences.

    I think there are very good lessons to be learned in this article:
    – the importance of patience
    – not doing something until you are qualified to do it
    – working around obstacles sensibly
    – considering what our motives are for the things we do.

    I think these things are justification enough for the existence of this article. While these things may be common sense, reminders are not a bad thing.

    I hope you get well, Corey.

  • amar

    Wow, a LOT of people in the comments sections have been complete and utter d*cks today. My track and field throwing coach had in the past torn his ACL and MCL, tore his pec, and can not lift his right arm over his head. Oh yeah, he was an olympian in his past. He trained me so well that I became a state champion, and he had 5 other kids from the team go on to state as well. I graduated, but his year the team has three people who will be serious threats in state, and one is on track to setting a new record.

    But I guess you are right, due to his injuries in the past he is a shitty trainer because CLEARLY he is incompetent when it comes to training due to what injuries he sustained (Sense the sarcasm).

    Im sure that in the future when I become PCC certified I will be a crappy trainer due to the torn acl, hurt rotator cuff, and torn abdomen I sustained in the past. After looking at some of the damn comments CLEARLY the mistakes we made in the past define who we are today, and once you get injured you dont learn sh*t.

    Corey: Mad respect for you brother, injuries dont define us, but they sure as hell do teach us. You are going to be a hell of a good trainer, and the clients you get will be lucky as hell to have a trainer like you.

    • Corey Howard

      Thank you Amar. Great points, and I appreciate you reading the article. Keep training hard and when you go through the PCC, I’m sure you’ll be an excellent addition to our community!

  • Brad Sadl

    I enjoyed this article. Nobody is perfect and injury is a real part of all sports: running, weightlifting, bodyweight training. We can do everything we can to prevent it but it can still happen. I think that people who are able to work around injuries and not let themselves get mired in the “why me” doldrums should be celebrated.

    I’ve been injured before – never as bad as this but it’s good to know that there is fitness after injury if that were to ever happen to me! Thanks for posting this!! 🙂

    • Corey Howard

      Thanks Brad! I appreciate the kind words.

  • Matt Schifferle

    Thanks for the post Corey, I always am inspired by stories about people battling back from injury. I’ve had a number of injuries over my career and I always feel like I’m in a dark place when it feels like my body doesn’t want to be healthy. Your attitude is great medicine for this.

    I read some of the other comments and it seems some folks can’t help but focus on the fact that someone has “fallen” but they completely ignore the fact that he’s getting back up which is the whole focus of your story. After all, we all need to get back up once in a while.

  • Politically incorrect

    What training do you plan on doing after this injury has healed?

  • Alexander Hetzl

    Thanks for the insights. I’m currently in a similar situation as you – fixed the scaphoid bone of the wrist with a part of the femur – i.e. right hand and foot with limited range of motion. As the recovery time is set to 3 months I spend some time thinking before hand on how to make the most out of it. At the end, the answer was quite obvious: stick with the basics and most important things in life:

    – family
    – own health

    The kids enjoy the additional spare time we can spend together and I got my first sore muscle doing an incline wall one arm pushup 🙂

    Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourself up! All the best Corey!

  • IvanR

    Accidents happen, you don’t have to do something stupid or wrong. It’s just like Paul Wade wrote. Can any of the BSers say, in all the honesty he is capable of, the this is not true?

    Corey, get well fast! Ultra high rep sets (like 100 reps) with a very low resistance may help the recovery as soon as you are ready.

  • Eng Wen Ong

    Corey, I’m sorry to hear about your condition. I hope you get better soon. I’m not familiar with your injury, but you might consider looking up collagen hydrosylate. Also, Coach Sommers of Building the Gymnastic Body doses his athletes with 3g of Vitamin C and (I can’t remember how much) fish oil daily when they have ‘tendon issues’. Undoubtedly, yours is much more serious, but perhaps the supplementation will help the recovery process. Take care, and I hope I don’t read another injury article from you ever again. In a good way. 🙂

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