If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been dealing with a major neck injury. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure where it came from or how it happened. While I was in college, I was in a major car accident which landed me in the hospital, but to this day, I still don’t know exactly what happened. It’s hard to determine if my current neck injury originated from problems related to that car accident or if it’s just due to the wear and tear from years of elite-level gymnastics and fitness training.
This neck injury can’t be ignored, so I’ve consulted with neuro and ortho spine surgeons who are suggesting my only option is surgery. I’m not entirely sure that’s the route I want to take, though, and I want to be absolutely certain of my decision before jumping into a major spinal surgery.
My training has been minimal since finishing up this year’s Olympia. As a result, my pain has decreased significantly and I’ve been able to return to the gym with a modified training schedule. I’m obviously avoiding any fitness skill training at this point, but I’ve been able to do light, weighted exercises for both upper- and lower-body workouts. Since the work is still taxing, I’ve continued to use Fierce Domination as my pre-workout, and I make sure I use BCAA Pro Reloaded religiously to ensure full recovery.
One of the biggest reasons I’ve been feeling less pain, even though doctors are telling me I need surgery, is because of the rest I allowed myself to take for the last few months. Another main reason I’ve gotten somewhat “better” is that I’ve been consistent with my SAN supplement intake. On top of the pre-workout and BCAAs I already mentioned, the two main supplements I always use to take care of my injury are Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM and Curcumin C3.
Another important thing I’ve done since the injury is making sure I reward my body with more sleep. To make sure that happens, I take my nightly dose of Melatonin before bedtime. As a result, I ‘ve managed to get a minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep every night, which used to be unheard of for me. That change has increased my energy levels as well as my pain threshold.
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