Many things can happen to the human body behind closed doors without anyone else realizing, including injuries. The temptation to keep training while injured will always be there, but you must also be able to prioritize long-term health. Brendan Meyers opens up about the days when his body pain was intense and how he was able to get through those days. Giving yourself days to heal is an important part of the training process and arguably just as important as the actual training. Listen to Brendan’s story and see how allowing yourself that resting time helps you out in the long run.
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Painful Days… MY TRUTH
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Why are you reading this blog? Hopefully, because you know that I’m going to be 100% unfiltered. Actually, the whole entire CreateU brand will be unfiltered, authentic and vulnerable for you. That’s exactly what I’m going to be with you. I’ve been going through a lot of different stuff for several years. To be honest, it’s been tough. I’ve had to practice patience throughout this process. If you haven’t read the blog on QuickTime Friday about patience, you lack it. I highly suggest you do. My low back, this is something that scared me a long time ago when I first herniated two discs of the spine. I have two severe herniations, my L4-L5 and my L5-S1, which is the lowest part of my spine. This happened about a few years ago. It forever transformed my life. I looked at life completely different. I looked at my physical body completely different. At the same time, a lot of other things happen. If you want to, go read that episode way back about my story of how I was suicidal. It encompasses not only my herniations but my shoulder, my breakup and a lot of other things.
My back has been causing me many issues. A lot of it is because I don’t coach myself the way that I coach other people. I see this everywhere in my life, not only with myself, other people around me. They’ll support others. They’re people pleasers. I want to please people. I want to make sure that other people are growing and transforming all this stuff but sometimes, I forget about myself and that’s not okay. I don’t believe sacrificing yourself for someone else’s being is okay. You might have an opinion otherwise and that’s fine. For me, I don’t think that sacrificing ourselves for the people is okay. Can we surrender some of our power? Can we surrender some of the things that we love in our lives because we know that we’re willingly able to give this away, but we’re still going to be happy and positive? I look at surrender and sacrifice a little bit differently, but it’s not about those words.
It’s about the pain that I’ve been in. I couldn’t even stand. I couldn’t sit. The only thing that I felt a little bit better on my back was walking. I tried to walk as much as possible in a 24-hour period. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t do anything. This is a few years removed from the injury itself. What goes through my mind is a myriad of things. I couldn’t even work. I tried to pull up my laptop and I was trying to work. I was trying to get myself in many different positions. As I was driving, the pain was excruciating. It feels like an aching pain all the way at the top of my pelvis consistently, sharp and then pulling. It’s like the muscles are inflamed. It will calm down two days later and then it will come back up and it will flare-up.
When I went through my prep, it wasn’t affecting me as much but after my preparation for my bodybuilding competition. I did my first ever on October 5th of 2019. It was extremely inspirational and motivational for myself. I had experienced a lot of discipline to get through that, especially building the CreateU brand and other businesses. I made it happen. After the prep, my back was destroyed. I don’t know why. I don’t know if all the stress came down on me after dieting for so long and getting so lean. Ever since then, my back has been an excruciating pain and it will get a little bit better and then it’ll get a lot worse.
I’ve had to look at myself in the mirror and I finally made the decision to take a couple of steps back from training so hard. That’s your passion. If you’re working towards something, you want to give your all. You want to give every single bit that’s been beneficial for you, but I had to say and put my ego down. “It’s okay, Brendan. Your long-term health is more important than acute.” That’s something that I’ve struggled with majorly. I’m very impulsive. I’m impatient. I like to get things done and get shit happening extremely quick. I believe that every single thing that you put in affects your overall growth, your long-term growth. If I’m missing a leg day per week and you might be reading this and you’ll be like, “This is stupid. I’m going to shut this off.” Hear me out because we do this in life everywhere else. I do two legs a week. If I let go of one leg day a week, I feel like it will affect how much my upper body grows, which is what’s most important for Men’s Physique bodybuilding in my 2020 career. If I feel that, is it going to affect my motivation? Is it going to affect my discipline? Is it going to affect X, Y and Z? That’s what goes through my mind every single second.Surrender and sacrifice are two different things. Click To Tweet
For you, it could be a relationship with somebody. It could be video games. It could be school and maybe you have to take one class next semester and you’re thinking to yourself, “That means I’m not going to graduate as quickly. What’s going to happen? If I don’t take this with all my friends, will I be able to be as good in the class because I won’t have study buddies?” These are the things that we go through every single day but look at it from this perspective. What if you do back off a little bit? What does that provide to your body? What does that give your body? It gives your body an opportunity to grow. It’s called growth. It gives your body the opportunity to rest. What is the number one thing that develops and heals the human body? It’s rest, because it’s stress-free.
If you don’t have a lot of things going on around you and you’re relaxing, it provides a stress-free environment and it is a huge evolution in your transformation. What I’ve had to do and being in pain every single day. It is very hard to concentrate, but I pushed through every single day. I started to take a couple of steps back and I’m okay with it. I’m not fully 100% bought into it, but I’m 80% okay with it. That 20% will come as I continue with this new structure. What did I do? I shifted up my training per week. Now, I’m doing one leg day a week and I’m getting a day of rest. I’m amping up one of my upper body days. I know without a doubt that because of this, I’m going to be able to grow the way I want. I can give 80% and 20% will come.
I wanted to share this because it may look amazing from the outside like I’m living the life. I have all these people around me and influencers. I have twenty-plus people team. I have products coming in, investments, I’m making money and all these different things, but I’m a normal human like you. I go through depressive states. I go through a lot of anxiety. I overthink many different things. I get nervous. I get scared. I get happy. I get sad, I cry. I get angry. I get upset. I get offended. You are not alone. You and I are not different by any means. We are humans. I just continued on my path, no matter what.
Any situation that ever came across me, I said, “I’m going to get through it, 100%.” That’s what separates me from a lot of people. If that’s you, think about this. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? What if you attempted every single opportunity that was presented to you? Do you know who you’re going to meet? Do you know what situation you’re going to be placed in? Do you know if you’re going to make money from it? Do you know if you’re going to meet the woman or the man of your life?Every single thing you put in affects your overall growth. Click To Tweet
You don’t know these things. Why not take it a day at a time? That’s why when I’m in pain all day with my back, excruciating. I can barely think. I’m getting emotional. I want to talk to this person. I want this person around me. I want this and I want that. I try to be by myself. I allow myself to embrace it and push through. I say, “Tomorrow is a new day and the next day after that as a new day.” What adjustments can I make in my life that will make it a brand-new day without this pain? What will make a week from now the most incredible step in my life? What can I do?
For me, it’s taking a break from doing legs. I know it sounds so small, but my life has been around fitness, nutrition and training. I played collegiate football. I love sports. I’m active. I’m a physical guy. I’m huge into the mental awareness and mental growth and all of that, but I am huge into physical. It is important to me. This is like a dagger to the heart. It affects me so much. Hopefully, me getting vulnerable with you and peeling back the onion on myself, allows you to see a little bit more about yourself and the things that you’re struggling in your life that maybe you don’t want to embrace and accept.
The greatest thing you can do in life is accepting things, especially things that you do not want to accept. Maybe someone passed away in your life. Maybe you went through a breakup. Maybe some other tragedy happened. Maybe you got in a car accident and you lost the function of this or that or you lost your business. Imagine if you can accept what has happened, embrace what has happened and grow from it. If you’re at rock bottom, how much lower can you go? That’s the way I look at it. When I’m in pain I’m like, “How much lower can I go?” I can be paralyzed, but I’m not going to be paralyzed from laying on a couch. I know that there’s only progression from here and that’s where you’ve got to start looking at your life.
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