I get a ton of questions each week, and most of them I just respond to in a simple email. This was one, I believe, is worth addressing publicly, and I hope it helps you figure out what to do with your training and diet if you ever find yourself in such a situation.
Our reader wrote in the following:
“I’m currently dealing with a bum left knee, achey lumbar spine, achey right rotator cuff, stiff neck with some occasional pins and needles down the arm. I’ve lost about 70lbs doing Intermittent Fasting, and I’m going super slow lately.
My macros probably need adjusting and I probably need to refocus, but I feel like lately I just keep getting injured more and more.
Do I take a weight loss break and do a little maintenance or bulk?”
Wow. There’s a lot here, but it’s not too uncommon for those pounding the pavement, and making lots of progress to incur some injuries, wether they be from overuse, too little rest, or just bad form/exercise habits.
In the last article, I touched on some points about not needing to chase strength gains, if your goal is fat loss and/or to be more fit/aesthetic.
Here’s a perfect example of someone that doesn’t need to be under a heavy bar going for a 5-rep squat max.
They also shouldn’t be pulling heavy from the floor, and any straight bar benching is out, due to their rotator cuff soreness. (more…)