How to make a successful comeback after injury or sickness

Have you had something happen to you that’s put you out of training for an extended period?

I know I have and it’s pretty terrible. When you’ve put a lot of work into increasing your physical capacity, having it taken away by an injury, surgery or illness can be disheartening.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t come back from it.

To make sure you DO make a successful comeback, here are a few things to think about:

#1 Sometimes you have to rest (stop/pause/etc.)

If you have an acute injury, your top priority should be to get it diagnosed and begin some rehab,

If your injury is serious, you may just have to put your training on hold, be patient and wait it out

I know from experience that time crawls by when you can’t do anything. It’s also difficult to shake the feeling that you could be doing something to make it better but unless it’s prescribed you should let it go. Channel that energy into a healthy diet, that will help you heal 😉

#2 Listen to your Healthcare Practitioners and Coaches.

Listening to people who know what they’re talking about is the fast track to getting back to your prime. I won’t try to convince you that every doctor and physio are prodigies that know everything, but most are very well trained and experienced. They usually want the best for you, and their instructions will be backed by research and experience.

I know that you “know your body”, but people that stick to rehab plans make remarkable recoveries.

#3 Acceptance

Accept that things may go backwards. After a long break from training that 60kg bar is going to feel much heavier than you remember. The reality is that your fitness will come back much faster than it took to get in the first place. Accepting where you’re going to be at makes it much kinder on your ego when you start.

#4 Mindset

Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in not being able to snatch right now, but the coaches will help you find movements that you can do. There’s always so much more that you can do, but if you’re focusing on what you can’t do, you just won’t see it.

Have patience, trust the process, and you’ll be back killing it before you know it 😉

We’re here to help if you need it – just reach out


See you in the gym.
Coach Nate

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