I am feeling 80% of where I was before. I must admit my back is a little wonky, it is not right, nor will it ever be right again. And that is something I just have to accept. It is broken/malformed whatever you want to call it, and it is never going back to normal. Ok. Accepted.
So what can I do?
Well surgery is not needed, the bones are broken but there is no slippage and a very few people actually require surgery or a fusing with this condition. I have talked to a few grapplers who have this condition. Some with grade 2 or 3 slippage of the spine. They have coped with their condition by taking rest when it is flaring up, returning when it is good. Lots of hamstring stretching and core strengthening.
So I started a new routing two weeks ago, some light cardio, lots of stretching and kettlebells. I got some good workouts online and youtube. And have been sticking with the routine. My back is soo much better. Although not perfect I am feeling great compared to before. So good that I am returning to train this coming Tuesday. Although, most likely only for the technique portions and not live training yet. I don’t want to push too hard, too soon.
I have not lifted weights since I was around 20 years of age. I can’t believe how much is happening for me in just two weeks. I have been fairly anti-weight training for a long time. My father, as well as a few other people I know have really wrecked their bodies with years of weight training. But now I am feeling that if the training is intelligent and limited to sport specific improvements, it can’t be any worse than the sport itself. I have lines appearing that I haven’t seen since I was 17. It is crazy!
I have dropped from 197 to 185 in these two weeks without cardio training. I am hoping to start up a small interval training regimen in the next week or so if my back will hold up.
The stretching and core exercises are doing wonders for me so far.
But most of all, I hope I can appreciate my time training jiu jitsu more than I have previously. For a while there I was certain I would never train again, and that was a scary thought.
Now I am nothing but optimistic that I can push myself to the next levels in my training!
Thanks to anyone who has been kind enough to actually read my blog.