Healing This Old Man's Pain
It takes a lot of shit to keep this body together! Trust me when I tell you that I put my 47-year-old body through a lot! I work out hard and often. I am working with a competitive body building coach who designs workouts for me and they are no joke.
I’ll brag a little about my hard work……
· My squat is up to 225lb
· My deadlift is hovering at 300lb
· My bench hit 200lb last week.
These numbers aren’t – really impressive – if you look at what competitive lifters are pushing – but I’m old and just started a few years ago, so I’m kinda killin’ it over here. ;-)
There are a few areas of my body that are targets for pain on the regular. My piriformis (it’s a muscle in your butt) is on ongoing issue. When it flares up from heavy deadlifts and heavy glute work - my lower back gets tweaked and sore! The next area is my left shoulder and left arm. I had a serious accident in 2003, which shattered my humorous, requiring surgery; to this day the shoulder and arm are a mess.
All of these chronic issues combined with being nearly 50 – I end up with some serious soreness. I have a sure fire collection of products that save my life on the regular!
Barry’s 5 Life Savers To Alleviate Soreness
1. DoTerra Essential Oil Baths & Epsom Salts
I mean who doesn’t love a hot bath? Any time I go really heavy at the gym, I can feel the numbing throb that every bodybuilder relates to. I head home pour some Epson Salts into a tub of hot water and add some Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lavender. They soothe, relax and reduce inflammation. It’s kind of magical how they work. I swear, it just feels so much better!
2. Deep Blue Rub by DoTerra
I can’t emphasize enough – how much I love this product. This is not your Mom’s Ben Gay rub! This is Ben-Gay on a double cycle of steroids and growth hormone at the same time. Instant relief for sore muscles. I LOVE THIS RUB!
3. the BFF
OMG! If you don’t have a buffer to use on your sore muscles it’s sad and I feel so badly for you! If I’ve got those 2nd day burning soreness from the gym, this body buffer feels so so so so so good – you will not believe it! It gets the blood flowing to move all that lactic acid away that’s causing pain.
Ok, I’ll admit, I’ve seen these at trade shows for years. Then this year, I saw it while in Florida at a trade show and asked my boyfriend, who was a competitive track and field athlete and a trainer, if a Tens machine really helps. He raved about it and said to get it. I’m here to tell you - these machines are amazing. It’s like a massage on a sore muscle that you can control. It’s so amazing!
LED Light therapy is not a hoax. It’s not a fad. It’s not hocus-pocus! It’s real! It’s effective! The device emits light energy that reduces inflammation and increases circulation. I use the pain belt on my shoulder and lower back on the regular and it always brings relief!
BONUS TIP: Whenever there is extensive pain that needs attention that the above 5 products won’t help. I run to my boy Vito for Acupuncture. This dude can take any pain away! The dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding always told people to use Windex to fix a problem. I tell everyone who is complaining about pain – “Go To Vito!” If you’re lucky enough to live in Philadelphia, PA – he’s at Acupuncture Off Broad!
So there you have it! When it comes to the aches and pains of an old man lifting – that’s how I deal with my pain. I should also mention that I have 2 yoga certifications, so I am forever stretching in order to help alleviate the pain. I hope these help you find some comfort.
I’d love to hear from you all about how you manage your workout pains.