The following blog was written by our sponsored athlete, Brandon Ryan.

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With my last installment, I wrote about the art of resting well.

But, with this week’s blog I’d like to discuss why you should work through the nagging pains and injuries.

This is not a contradiction in application.

We should still be resting well in all the areas mentioned prior.

However, just because we are injured or having a nagging pain in our body, is not an excuse to sit on the couch and eat shit foods.

I know, I probably just shattered a whole bunch of dreams, but somebody had to do it.

And with the number of adaptive athletes taking over the world, the excuses to get the F off the couch are close to zero.

The only way that a person could not work on improving themselves is if they were in a completely vegetative state.

And even then, these wonderful people are blessings and improve the lives of others ten-fold.

Going back to when I had staph infection, again, I could not do any lifting or grappling from my knees.

Thus, I had to adapt to my circumstances.

Was it easy? Hell no, I wanted to do my favorite lifts badly, but I worked with what I had at the time.

Which meant kettle bell swings, curls, presses, snatches, and sitting dead lifts.

Yes, it wasn’t the same but it was something rather than nothing.

The harsh reality, is that when you get injured, we like to feel sorry for ourselves.

We like to go back to that junk food. Which to a degree is fine.

When Ronda Rousey injured her knee, her mom (who is very focused and intense like her daughter) allowed her a few days to sulk.

But after that she made her get out of bed and get moving. 

To paraphrase, Ronda said to her mom: “But my knee is injured, I can’t do any of my judo.”

Her mom in response said to her “so, you can work your ground game and you can build your arm strength”.

And for about a year, Ronda became much stronger and she developed some of the world’s most brutal arm bars.

So, you see, there is always room to improve and there might very well be a reason for the pain and injury.

If you have pain, obviously don’t aggravate it further, but find ways to work around it.

Be like us crazy adaptive warriors and learn to do heavy lifts with one arm!

It’s possible! Do you see it now? Get up and things done!

Life is far too short to sit around and wait for something to happen.

Rather, we must make them submit to us and not be a slave to them.

In the movie, G.I. Jane master chief epically says to Jordan O’Neil:

“Master Chief John Urgayle: Pain is your friend, your ally, it will tell you when you are seriously injured, it will keep you awake and angry, and remind you to finish the job and get the hell home. But you know the best thing about pain?

Lt. Jordan O’Neil: Don’t know!

Master Chief John Urgayle: It lets you know you’re not dead yet!     

In a sick way, I agree with master chief – pain can be our friend.

Not that we are meant to enjoy it per-say.

But that when pain does come, we learn to welcome it and ask the most important questions:

What can we learn from this pain?

What can we do despite this pain?

Pain and injury are not the end of us, if we choose not to let it.

Everything starts with the proper mindset – which I will tackle in next week’s blog!

PS, if you need help with adapting a exercise or movement, feel free to contact me I’ll be glad to help! EMAIL BRANDON.