90% is better than 0%
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Yup, I learned something tonight - modification is key and something is better than nothing (but I still don't have to like it).
I don't know why, but I'm the type that just can't bring herself to modify most things. I find that I have the feeling that I'm not getting the full benefit out of the workout if I don't do the whole thing, at the highest intensity my fitness level will allow. (I know, All or Nothing mentality.) Even when I did Insanity, I had to follow Shaun T's example. No wonder I thought it was the hardest workout on planet earth!
But tonight I was humbled into having to modify a few things thanks to a wrist injury last week that still has me weak in my left hand (and the worst thing is that I don't even know how I did it). For the last week I'd been babying myself; went for a run (something I didn't need a working wrist for), but now it was time to bite the bullet. I was bound and determined to get my strength workout in (currently doing Les Mills Pump). I guess I'm fortunate that it's with a barbell, because I know my right arm compensated some for the weakness in my left, where if I was using dumbbells I wouldn't have been able to assist the weak wrist, but I still had to modify some. I couldn't do any push ups (not that there are that many in it, but there are some). I even tried to do them up against my piano so as to only be at a little of an incline instead of on the floor. Nope. And, I had to lower my weights for the Clean and Press. Again, humbling to have to lower them - always trying to up them. And the planks for core at the end. Nope. Just looked compromising, so I continued to do weighted crunches instead.
But, the lesson learned here is: I did 90% of the workout without modifying and that's better than nothing. If I would have continued to wait for this injury to heal for the rest of the week, I wouldn't have done anything. So, 90% is better than 0%!