I broke a rib this last weekend. Went to the doc, who confirmed the break and told me not to not exercise. He said I'm not only free to workout, I SHOULD keep moving. Now, there are naturally some caveats to this:
1 - No contact sports. Duh.
2 - No more pain meds. He said I'm free to run a marathon if I want, but he's not giving me any more pain meds than he's already prescribed, so if it hurts a lot, I should probably back off on any activity.
3 - None of my typical full body lifts. It's not bad for the rib per se, but if I try to do a heavy barbell squat, it'll hurt like bloody murder and I'm likely to drop the bar and hurt myself.
4 - Stay away from core-engaging activity.
He said I can do things like preacher curls, where your arm is supported by the bench and that I would want to find things that don't involve my core for lifting.
So I'm just soliciting ideas for strength training. (I'm going to try the stationary bike for cardio for now.) I've never really used most machines and love big compound lifts (squats, deads, overheads, etc), so this is a new challenge for me. I know I won't be building strength for the next month or two, but I don't want to totally lose everything I've worked for. And my rib already seems to be healing up well - I feel like I have a constant stitch in my side, but it's no longer the seeing-stars-from-the-pain-of-laughing way it was for the first few days.
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10wks/10lbs challenge - goals are in ()
Week 0: 131.0
Week 1: 129.0 (130.5)
Week 2: 131.0 (129.5)
Week 3: 128.0 (128.5)
Week 4: (127.5)
Week 5: (126.5)
| current weight: 128.5