Kettle bell swings, heavy dead lifts, a lot of burpees, sled pushes and box jumps...that was my training.
Over the years little things started to wear down, my knees being a big one. That really pushed me back, it affected my dancing and training. When it was bad I remember one day walking down the big half spiral staircase at work and just being in absolute agony, it was also just before I travelled over to Singapore for a massive dance training camp.
BUT I found my saviour, Hung from Point Therapy in Bondi Junction (seriously he is magic) I had intense therapy on my knees twice a week for a few weeks and continued to see him once a week for a few months. On top of this I had to do my therapy....which to the point of this post....DO YOUR REHAB!!!
I had to stop pushing a 220kg sled because my body could not do it, although I thought I was tough and strong, I wasn't, and I had to do what was best for my body at that time.
If you are injured, go get it assessed and please do not ignore it. I am happy in a way that I had this injury because it got me into being a pilates instructor and I learnt so so much about the body and found new passion for training.
I was feeling really great about my rehab and training and my body was feeling really strong again.
I was in a really bad car accident involving a truck that rear ended me, my car was stopped and it forced me into the car in front and them into the car in front of them. Boom, my back was horrible and in pain for a while (and yes I went straight back to the magician Hung. But it has taken a long time for me to feel strong and confident enough to start lifting heavy weights. And yes, having an injury such as this takes a long time to recover however I think a lot of the time we get really scared to move our bodies after an injury.
Being an instructor, I hear about injuries every single day, and I get it. I have had all the injuries myself so I really understand when someone is either recovering or has just had a surgery etc etc. The most important thing I say is just to start moving your body and I cannot stress how important this is. Even if its just little by little, keep the blood flowing and this will help massively when it is time to start using the injured area again.
Move move move and your body will be happy.