P90X Injury!!

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Inspirational Quote: “If you get back up more times that you fall down, you always win.”

How cocky persons like me get hurt…

This quote is fitting because I sustained and injury during Wednesday’s P90X workout, Shoulders & Arms. However, it was really my fault. Having completed more than two cycles of P90X, I have done my share of crouching cohen curls. Perhaps this is why I was lazy with my form. Holding both weights at my sides, I crouched down way too fast into position throwing my lower back out. I yelled like a little girl and buckled to my hands and knees. I’ve hurt my back before but I’ve never experienced anything like this. I couldn’t stand up. Luckily my girlfriend was working out with me and came to my aid. The next morning, I could not get out of bed. I had to call into work and explain to them that I hurt myself “working on my fitness.” That’s Fergie by the way…

Professional Assistance Please!

I was unable to put my pants on and go to the bathroom by myself without assistance. The little things we take for granted right? It gave me a sense of gratitude in a strange way. The next time I have a bad day in the office, I’ll think back to this experience and feel gratitude that I can take a leak by myself without assistance or pain. I saw my Doctor the same day who specializes in sports medicine. He was an official doctor of the american teams during the Winter Olympics in Japan a while back. He prescribed a steroid and muscle relaxant to relieve my pain. He also said no strenuous activity for a week. This means I have to delay P90X classic another week.

Silver Lining?

P90X Injury

P90X Injury

Sure there is. I learned to take Tony’s advice of QUALITY over quantity seriously. He has been doing this forever now and who am I to reinvent the wheel eh? I also feel grateful for having all of my physical faculties. It’s only been a day and I feel much better. Having a glimpse of what it would be like having chronic back pain (or even worse, a cripple..) I feel much better about the things I can accomplish in my life. Sometimes we need these little “wake up” calls to notice the goodness and abundance in our life that we already have. Am I still going to do P90X? Hell yeah. I didn’t learn how to ride a bike by quitting. Just how surfers get back on that wave after being bit by a shark. Me personally, I don’t like sharks…and probably wouldn’t surf again. Besides, If I have the mental fortitude to pick myself up by my bootstraps after difficulty, I always win.

Questions for Readers:

  1. Have you ever injured yourself during a P90X workout?
  2. If so, how did you do it and what advice do you have to other P90X enthusiasts.


My name is Julian Placino and I am a Team Beachbody Coach. I've completed several Beachbody workout programs including P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity and Insanity Asylum. Currently, I'm working through P90X3 Doubles! You can follow me on twitter @p90xsuccess. Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Team Beachbody Member.

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