Need some training advice

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  1. Tony_Jaa_101 Blue Belt

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    So two years ago I started running. I was doing really well actually losing weight and feeling good. I tore my left calf muscle and spent 6 month doing rehab. I'm fully healed now but not the same. When I run I feel like I'm going to tear it again but also I can't seem to get back to the old form I had. I'm in my 30's and wondering if I'll be able to get back I'm shape again. Thanks
     
  2. Robocok Black Belt

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    You could replace running with swimming. You could try cycling too but I would stay away from any activity that aggravates your calf. Maybe it will get better if you give it time to heal.
     
  3. Blake_UK Orange Belt

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    Of course you will be able to get back into shape it just might take a bit longer than before. Your calf will be weaker for a while; it’s better to take it slow than risk a further injury. It may be worth going to a sports massage therapist or physio for a 2nd opinion as well before you try anything tho. I find that hitting the suana for 20mins 2/3 times a week post training really helps loosen up stiff muscles as well.

    Aside from that swimming is great when you’re injured. There are good plans available online so you can incorporate HIIT/Fartlek etc into your training so it’s not just plodding up and down. Use a float to isolate the legs; it’s surprisingly difficult and really works the muscles. It’s not the best fat killer tho.

    Cycling and the cross trainer are good if you are a member of a gym. Skipping is excellent - there’s some really good ropes these days if you’re willing to invest a bit.

    Body weight strength exercises are good too; get a (cheap) TRX/suspension trainer off Amaxon then you can do all sorts of squats/lunges/raises etc etc to rebuild strength.
     
  4. ThunderL1ps Red Belt

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    I tore my calf sprinting playing baseball when I was 39 years old. It felt like I either hit myself with my bat or fouled the ball as hard as I could into my calf. It felt like it exploded as I came out of the batters box. The tear was 3.5 mm. For myself I think it was about that six month time period where I felt better, but I was not in a hurry to sprint or anything like that.

    Tearing a muscle and having all that down time physically doesn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence in your body to perform pre-injury. And you probably aren't right still like you said. Everyone recovers at different rates.

    You can something else to do for conditioning that you think you'd enjoy doing other than running. You can always revisit it in a few months and see how your body responds. If you feel like you're going to injure yourself again, it's best to stay away from running. The idea is to get fit, not injured, right? You have to be intuitive about your body and figure out what works best for it.

    I gave up baseball because it was a recreational activity and my life didn't revolve around it. I played enough baseball in my life and there are always other things I can do both physically and with my time.

    If I were in your position (and I have been), I'd still continue to work on working through ranges of motion for your ankle, doing things like standing calf raises in three different positions (toes pointing inward, toes neutral, toes pointing out) and some forward inchworms that involve a lot of baby steps to go through the range of motion.
     
  5. Tony_Jaa_101 Blue Belt

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    Thanks for advice everyone. I tried a spin class today, it was a hard class but it felt good.
     
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    - If running feels like it could injure your calf again, don't do it. Use an alternative method of cardio training. Swimming, rowing machines, stationary bikes and ellipticals are all potentially good alternatives, but don't do anything that aggravates the injury.

    - Don't try to wing it. Get checked by a professional, like a sports physiotherapist or sports doctor. Someone who specialises in rehabbing injuries. And follow their advice. Be patient. I know it can be frustrating. Pretty much everyone who trains regularly has had to deal with injuries. But trying to rush your recovery will do far more harm than good.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Oblivian Aging Platinum Member

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    I have recurring calf issues when I run. It's a strain that occurs randomly. I'm pretty much done with running. I do not get the issue with anything else like jumping rope, hitting the heavy bag, etc. Unless you really love running, you may want to consider steering clear of it. Running, especially on concrete, can be rough on the body.
     
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    I tore my pec benching before and it gives me issues still. Now i only incline bench and don't go down all the way
     

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