I mentioned in an earlier post that I got a hernia in July. Between that time and my surgery on September 20th, I didn’t feel comfortable exercising. Not pain. Just discomfort. Some men are easily able to work around their hernias and continue exercising at the same level. I wasn’t. Although I tried to push my hernia back in, it would just pop back out. This wasn’t sustainable. I had to get a surgery.
While waiting for my surgery, I continued to go to the gym. I reduced the weight, the intensity, and the volume. But instead of going 3x a week, I increased it 4x a week. My workouts were often less than 10 minutes.
I referred to my workout as the “Slow Grandma”. This meant I would use machines, but unlike the Silver Sneakers, I would slowly control the negative and not let the weight drop. Think of the slow protocol explained in Body By Science dialed back in weight and intensity.
This was an interesting experiment because most lifters are using either high weight, high volume, or high intensity. I was doing none of those. But I was showing up 4x a week and I was still doing 25 pushups daily. My workouts were the equivalent of taking the car out of the garage and driving it around the block a few times. No long drives or getting on the freeway. Just circle the neighborhood and come home.
Then the unexpected happened. Other than the hernia, I never looked or felt better. That was a pleasant surprise. Had I continued the “Slow Grandma” for months or years, would I see a dropoff? Probably, but I am not certain. A younger me would have taken a “why bother” attitude and stayed away from the gym while waiting for the surgery. I’m glad I didn’t.
Right now I am thinking back to all my lifting injuries I got before discovering HIT and proper exercise selection. The months I waited on the couch for an injury to heal. What if I had done some version of the “Slow Grandma” back then? Chalk this up to another lesson I wish I had learned earlier.