I was cleaning the shower the other day, the one in my guest bathroom.
It’s a combo shower with bathtub, rod, and twin curtains.
Squatting down in the tub, water cascading down over my naked body.
I’d thoroughly coated the clear plastic interior curtain with Scrubbing Bubbles.
Now, I was using elbow grease to get the soap scum off with a blue non-scratch sponge.
Once the curtain met my cleanliness standards, I stood up.
Still facing the curtain, back to the tiled shower wall.
I’d forgotten about the ceramic soap dish cemented into the wall, jutting out from the tile just inches from my lower back.
As I rose, I caught my right hip on the edge of the dish. Full force; smashing into it like a sledgehammer.
But instead of breaking my hip, or knocking myself back down, momentum kept my body moving up.
And I ripped that damn soap dish right out of the wall.
Holy cow, was not expecting that!
I checked myself for damage, but felt fine.
No pain, no bruising.
Luckily the soap dish wasn’t shattered, though it had broken free from the tile completely.
I could re-attach it later, so no biggie.
Anyhow, I finished my shower without further incident.
Checked my hip again the next day.
Still no damage, no pain.
I began feeling real smug.
Damn, I’m tough as hell!
Tore that soap dish out of the wall with my bare ass, and it didn’t even hurt!
I even relayed the story to my girls, bragging about it.
But then, about two days after the mishap, I was forced to eat my words.
The pain had started.
Still no external bruising; which was odd, since I bruise easy.
But now I had a deep aching pain in my right femur.
The hurt stretched down the bone; from the hip all the way to my knee.
But it was localized, specific pain – only the leg bone was sore.
And considering how hard I’d hit, the pain was pretty mild.
I took a few days off working out to recover.
Four days after the accident, I started training again, gingerly performing close squats and uneven squats on my wounded leg.
And six days after, as of this writing, the pain is totally gone.
I’m back 100%.
Now, I think this should have hurt me worse than it did.
And a year ago it likely would have; I probably would’ve needed a doctor.
So, what prevented catastrophic injury, and why did I bounce back so fast?
I’ve been hitting Convict Conditioning hard for the past six-seven months now.
I’m physically harder than I’ve been in a long time.
Though I’m not as bulky as I was when I lifted weights, I feel stronger.
And that strength feels more solid, more permanent.
This shower dish episode gives you an idea of how effective this type of training is.
It highlights a massive benefit of bodyweight workouts:
Improved recovery time and injury prevention.
Now that’s an alien concept for younger guys – young bucks recover fast from workouts and injuries.
But for older men, recovery is a big issue.
It takes us longer to bounce back after hard training or serious injury.
Bodyweight training addresses that weakness.
Yes, it works your muscles.
But it also massively strengthens joints, tendons, and connective tissue.
So you not only bounce back faster, you also proactively prevent potential injury.
And that makes this form of training valuable as gold.
Use it exclusively, and you really won’t need anything else.
Or add it to your existing weight-training regime and super-charge your lifting gains.
Wanna build lean muscle, prevent injury, get hard, get ripped, and rapidly improve your recovery time?
And, maybe even beat the shit out of inanimate object without trying?
Then check out bodyweight training, if you haven’t already.
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