In today’s Q+A, I discuss whether you should do TACFIT Commando with a pre-existing injury and what to do if you get injured during the program. Check it out below…
Hi John, this is Derrick (Jazz). I am contacting you for advice on TACFIT Commando. I am on grunt level one and I do all my recovery, but now I have sore shoulders mainly on my left side. Should I continue to go through the program? I have one week left before I go on to level II Grunt. On the two days that I felt pain in my shoulders, I continued and did Flow fit on my moderate and high intensity days using a prop. What do you recommend? Should I rest and ice it? And also should I start over at recruit level 1 and take notes of comfort and make sure I can proficiently master all the exercises and reps and not just get through some of the exercises and move on to the next challenge. It’s been sore for 5 days but getting a little better. And I hear joint sounds.
Love your blog. I also bought product from your site. I love the product. I hope I am doing it right and not hurting myself. I lost some weight and want to continue. I have been doing the 4×7 plan – thinking about switching to 7×4 or 3 day. I also did 3 months of p90x 6 months ago no results and TRX.
First things first, if you know that you are indeed injured, then it’s always a good idea to resolve that before beginning a new training program (or continuing one), especially one as tough as TACFIT Commando. That said, I do understand the nature of injuries that can stem or become aggravated from training. It’s not always obvious that there’s a problem, and it can be hard to tell if you’re actually experiencing pain from an injury or just some minor discomfort that’s normal with any type of training. This is very common with overuse and over-specialization injuries that result from over-training or under-recovering, etc.
And I also understand the desire to keep training – nobody wants to slow down or stop and lose some of the gains they’ve made over the past several weeks and months. But in my experience, if there’s actually something wrong (ie an injury that won’t just go away on its own), then it’s better to be safe than sorry. That’s coming from someone who spent almost three years in physical therapy for overuse injuries. I hate to say it, but it’s usually better to fix the injury and take a short-term hit than to ignore it and deal with it over the long-term, as it can get much worse and take much longer to heal.
My guess is that it’s an overuse injury that was aggravated from a pre-existing condition (since it’s only on one side). Obviously, without seeing you in person, there’s almost no specific advice I can give you. And on top of that, I’m not a doctor and cannot give medical advice anyways. Suffice to say, if it’s been this long, then there’s definitely a problem that needs to be resolved.
So, my main advice is to seek the opinion of a medical professional who is familiar with these types of injuries. Sports medicine specialists are usually a much better option than a typical medical doctor. And again, I know what it’s like being injured and working with doctors. It can be a real headache, and many of them just won’t be able to offer the care you need. So, just hang in there and don’t settle for a professional that you’re not comfortable with, and one who has had past success curing problems just like yours. Steer clear of someone who offers to treat the symptoms without providing solutions for curing the actual, underlying problem. You don’t just want the shoulder pain to go away. You want to fix what caused it in the first place.
In the mean time, I would give yourself a break from high intensity training, at least for a week or two to see if that’s all it takes to heal the problem. Sometimes, simple rest is enough. During that time, you could try doing joint mobility drills and gentle yoga, but avoid anything that causes pain. And if the movements in the training program cause pain, then you’ll want to avoid those, too – even if it is awhile before you’re able to do them again. It’s one thing to be out for a few weeks or months, and it’s quite another to be injured for years due to neglect.
I’m sorry to hear about the injury and I hope for the best.