(Rear/side view of left shoulder, showing beneath the deltoid muscle)
Making excuses to myself that it’s simply the effects of aging isn’t working anymore. Life is more complicated than that.
There is a certain compulsion to my behavior.
“All too often, however, a person who suffers from impingement syndrome is noncompliant with appropriate rehabilitation, and the condition becomes chronic, leading to permanent degenerative changes and dysfunction.”
(From the American College of Sports Medicine’s ‘Resources For The Personal Trainer’)
The pain in and around my shoulders is simply a matter of beating up my shoulders to the point of receiving the critical signals from my body that rest and recovery is, at this point, mandatory. I don’t believe that I’m in the ‘permanent degenerative changes and dysfunction’ stage, but in reality, only time will tell. The reference in the quote above to ‘noncompliance’ involves, among other things, ignoring the need for recuperation time. Only sufficient rest over time accomplishes healing. And patience is, for most of us–most of the time, in short supply.
The picture that appears above, showing me doing one of my favorite back exercises, essentially depicts the problem–not the movement itself, but the imbalance of too much self-induced stress and insufficient recuperation. It was great to be hoisting up the 90 pounders, but I’ve known for a while it was a bit painful and not real smart–remember that compulsion?
If you train for vanity–
and don’t lie to me on this one–you drive yourself crazy when you miss a workout; or when you’re not seeing the changes in the mirror that you think you deserve.
Being older doesn’t change that inner desire to look good…but aging necessitates some serious mental adjustments along the way. You’ll understand this better in a few years, just like Mama said.
The same thing can happen at any age, actually–‘No Pain, No Gain’ has a nice rhyme and is very motivational, but your body gives you signals that you ignore at your own risk.
(The rotator cuff, formed by the muscles from the scapula attached to the upper end of the humerus)
My ‘off’ time will be considerable; not a total break from training, but a totally different program shifting to an aerobic emphasis with much lighter and easier lifting moves. I know that my strength gains will diminish, as well as some muscular bulk.
But fitness is not simply about size and personal strength gains; it’s a Lifestyle–and health and fitness has always been a part of my psyche. Fitness, at this moment, means repair and recuperation.
From the general audience I expect no sympathy. Overtraining was my choice and I got what I deserved.
Those of you who get serious when you put on the gloves and thrive on the sound of the bar hitting the rack; you understand my frustration.
Moderation is good and effective for all your fitness needs.
Train smart so you can train longer,
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