No matter who you are, no matter where you train, when you slip up during your training, there can be consequences.
Concrete example: The Rock himself. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson just shared a video on Instagram showing a gnarly cut to his face following a training accident at his Iron Paradise gym. The actor says he was using one of his favorite training modalities, variable resistance training with chains for a drop set, when he recklessly handled the heavy links and slapped himself a good one.
“We don’t play tiddlywinks and we don’t recite nursery rhymes,” he says in the video. “You get stuck every now and then and things happen.” Then he takes a boulder-sized drop of blood and puts it in his mouth to taste like jelly. Normal stuff.
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In case you were wondering, he wrote in the caption of his post that blood tastes like “Teremana [his tequila brand], calluses and BlaMoan hot sauce (black and samoan). He also confirmed that he needed to get stitches to close the cut.
The clip made me realize that The Rock and I are pretty much the same guy. Okay, I’m not Hollywood’s highest paid actor and professional wrestling legend, and I certainly don’t have my own shoe line and burgeoning empire of minds. But earlier this year, I lifted my face during a workout and ended up bleeding all over my own Iron Paradise (aka my tiny apartment). I also needed stitches to close the notch.
Through this experience, I have learned a few lessons, most of which can be condensed into simple guidelines: Be careful when training, and remember that there is risk in everything you do. You may not have The Rock’s resources and an almost unmatched level of commitment, but it’s important to remember that you can and will likely end up “bundling” if you devote enough time to your job. training. The most important thing is to learn from these accidents when they happen and take care of yourself while you recover to prevent them from getting worse. Get stitched up, then get back to work.
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