Chances are you already have/know it…

I miss barbell training. I haven’t been doing it for a month (perhaps more) now despite a green flag from the doctor’s office. Just being conservative. Add to this, I haven’t been rolling for the past two weeks either due to an ear injury. My left one got swollen and had to be drained out. […]

It’s okay to be injured. Really.

Just don’t freak out because that’s what makes an injury so much worse. Akin to a popular saying somewhere in the west — “the snake bite doesn’t kill you, it’s the venom.” I’ve had my share of getting injured, rehabbing, combating muscle soreness and everything in between over the past one year or so. It […]

Don’t work around it, fix it

Crises and injuries have one thing in common — they’re both painful experiences. And, yes, that’s an understatement for most cases but I’m constantly amazed by the level of creativity applied by the subjects in distress. They would go the extra mile to work around the challenges than address it head on and eliminate them. […]

Protect your shoulders while training your chest

In my experience, almost all chest training will involve a significant amount of shoulder/rotator cuffs/delts. It’s almost unavoidable to not engage those muscles, despite your best efforts to isolate your pecs. Think of your favorite upper-body exercises — bench press, incline press, overhead press, cable crossovers or the dumbbell variants. They all engage your shoulders […]

Regulating diet while recovering

Some of you know this — I underwent a minor surgery recently. I’m recovering well, but there’s a problem… I’m dying to get back to the gym! I haven’t been away from the gym for this long (almost 3 weeks and counting) since I took up powerlifting. It’s sort of driving me nuts (and nostalgic… […]