It’s been a few weeks since I competed in this year’s Olympia, and thinking back about how it all went, I realize why I say you should listen to your body… Because I didn’t! I should’ve taken better care of myself when my body was sending me so many signals.
For a couple months now, I’ve been experiencing persistent back and neck pain that hasn’t gone away with the conservative treatment methods I’ve tried. I’ve experimented with massages, rest, physical therapy, a TENS unit, Graston scraping, cupping, and chiropractic adjustments. All with little to no improvement in pain levels. The symptoms were so severe at times that I’d even get sharp pains and numbness radiating from my neck down to my hands. That’s not a good sign.
But regardless of what my body was telling me, I remained focused on the competition, and with how physically demanding the IFBB Fitness division is, I continued to push through to make sure I was prepared to compete. I had already put in so much work that I wasn’t going to let anything stop me…
Whether it’s good or bad, I sometimes just have an innate ability to subconsciously block pain and use sheer willpower to get through things. Unfortunately for me, it does help get through the pain; however, I also end up doing more damage than good when it comes to my long-term success.
All is not lost, though. My Olympia results weren’t ideal, but I’m able to learn positive lessons and move forward. To stay on top of the overall health of my joints and connective tissues, I’m consistently taking a few specific SAN supplements. One of the staple products I use is Supreme Curcumin C3, which helps me a lot with inflammation in my body. Controlling inflammation is key to dealing with pain and injuries, and there are other positive health benefits of reducing inflammation.
Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM is another product I take daily to help with my joint health, mobility, and physical comfort. Glucosamine helps maintain healthy cartilage and connective tissue that cushions joints, so with the wear and tear from my workouts and fitness routine practice, it truly helps reduce pain and lets me keep training. Chondroitin lubricates the cartilage and ensures more efficient mobility while the MSM has anti-inflammatory effects that reduce any swelling or tightness.
These products have truly helped reduce any serious flare-ups in my back and neck, as well as in my ankles which take on a lot of stress.
Always listen to your body, adjust your training and activity levels as needed, and stay on top of your nutritional program to help fend off any joint issues.
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