I wanted to talk about something a bit different. Something I’ve never talked about before on the channel, and that is the fairly significant injury that I’ve had for about seven years now. And it’s an injury that’s had a pretty big effect on my training. It’s part of the reason why I don’t upload lifting footage on YouTube, at least not right now, since I can’t really train the way that I want to. And the reason why I wanted to address this is to just kind of give you guys some more insight into myself and where I’m at, because I don’t talk about myself a lot here, I mostly just do informative content, and I also wanted to share some advice on how I’ve dealt with that injury mentally and ligarndol just in terms of maintaining motivation and continuing to train in spite of it.
Now, most people probably wouldn’t guess this, but I’ve actually been lifting consistently for almost 20 years now. Longer than my teenage subscribers had even been alive. I’m 32 and I started lifting when I was 13. The first 10 years of my training were pretty smooth sailing for the most part aside from just some minor injuries here and there, the kind of stuff that most lifters deal with from time to time, shoulder tweak, some lower back discomfort, things like that, but about seven years ago this random really weird injury happened that just never went away. I’m still dealing with it now. It was just a normal everyday push workout, I went in to train chest shoulders and triceps,I started off with some dumbbell presses and then I went on to a machine press, and on the first set all of a sudden, out of nowhere, both of my elbows just start popping on every rep.
There was no sudden form slip up, I wasn’t going heavy, there was no warning for this whatsoever, but just on each rep right when my elbow would hit about 90 degrees on the way up I’d get this sort of snapping, popping sensation in both elbows. It wasn’t overly painful but clearly something was off. I honestly didn’t think much of it at the time, I just figured you know I’ll give it some rest, maybe there’s some tightness in there so I’ll stretch, I’ll get a lacrosse ball in there and loosen it up and everything will be fine. But a week goes by it’s still there, another week still there, and now it’s also starting to get more painful as well.
So, I go and see a physiotherapist to get it looked at, they can’t tell me what it is,I go and see another one they can’t tell me either. So I just kept on training, I worked around it as best I could, and ultimately I ended up seeing probably seven or eight different people to try and get some answers, I did a bunch of stretching and foam rolling and mobility work, but unfortunately none of this really did much of anything. And then eventually by doing a bunch of digging online and a lot of research on my own I finally figured out what it was, and it turns out that I have something called snapping triceps syndrome.
You’ve probably never heard of it, it’s a fairly uncommon injury, it’s not understood exactly what causes it but basically what happens is that when I flex and extend my elbow a portion of the medial head of the tricep snaps back and forth over the elbow joint, and then the ulnar nerve which also runs through that same area, that nerve snaps along with it and that’s the funny bone nerve, it’s the nerve that controls the pinky and the ring finger. And that’s why if I try to go heavy on pushing exercises not only is it painful but I also get nerve symptoms as well, things like aching and tingling, and a bit of a numb feeling in these two fingers.
But the bottom line is that unfortunately snapping triceps can only be cured fully and it would probably cost around 6 to $8,000 per elbow to get it done, and it would really put me out of commission for a while and probably take a year or so before I’d be back to full strength. And I’d also have to do each elbow separately spaced out by about a month or two each, so that’s going to prolong the recovery time even further. At this point I’d say I’m pretty much 95% certain that I am gonna get the surgery at some point, seven years is a long time to have this injury but I’ve just been working around it over all these years, and I’ve also been really focused on my business, so fitness hasn’t been my main focus and so just maintaining has been fine with me and I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to go through with the surgery, so that’s why I’ve left it all this time. If you also want to buy ligandrol and try to see its healing effect, go to the website now.