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Don’t Call It a Comeback: Post-Injury Return

Injuries suck. Whether it happened in the gym, in comp, shoveling the driveway, or from sneezing too hard, getting hurt can be a frustrating setback, especially if you’re passionate about strength training. Whether it was something minor that put you out for a couple days, or a more severe issue, you want to get back into the swing of things safely and effectively. You might be itching to get back to the gym, but it’s essential to approach the return to strength training with caution and patience.

Follow Your Healthcare Provider’s Advice

As you resume your training routine, please listen to what your doctor tells you. Your doctor or physical therapist understands the specifics of your injury and recovery process, providing tailored recommendations on when it’s safe to resume training and what activities to avoid. Ignoring their advice could potentially exacerbate the injury, leading to further setbacks. This can be particularly challenging as you start feeling a bit better, but don’t push it too soon and reinjure yourself, or risk hurting something else due to compensations. 

Ease Back In Gradually

Once you’ve received clearance from your healthcare provider, resist the temptation to pick up where you left off immediately. Instead, ease back into your strength training regimen gradually. Start with lighter weights and lower intensity exercises to gauge your body’s response. Over time, progressively increase the intensity and volume of your workouts as your strength and endurance improve. This gradual approach reduces the risk of re-injury and allows your body to adapt to the demands of training.

Stick with Physical Therapy Exercises

If your injury required physical therapy, continue performing the prescribed exercises even after you’ve returned to strength training. These exercises are designed to strengthen specific muscles, improve mobility, and enhance overall stability, all of which will help prevent future injuries. Consider integrating these exercises into your regular workouts or consult with your coach to incorporate them seamlessly into your routine.

Seek Guidance from a Coach

Navigating a return to strength training after an injury can be daunting, but you don’t have to go it alone. Enlisting the help of a knowledgeable coach can provide invaluable support and guidance. Power Plant Gym’s team of experienced coaches understands the intricacies of injury recovery and can tailor a program to suit your individual needs and goals. Whether you’re looking to rebuild strength, improve mobility, or prevent future injuries, our coaches are here to help you every step of the way.

Returning to strength training after an injury requires patience, diligence, and a strategic approach. By following the advice of your healthcare provider, easing back into your routine gradually, sticking with physical therapy exercises, and seeking guidance from a qualified coach, you can safely and effectively rebuild your strength and reclaim your fitness goals. If you’re ready to embark on this journey with expert support, schedule a free, no-sweat intro with one of our coaches today and take the first step toward a stronger, healthier you.

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