No matter who you are, no matter where you train, when you slip up during your workout, there can be consequences.
Case in point: The Rock himself. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson just shared a video on Instagram showcasing a gnarly cut on his face in the aftermath of a workout accident from 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 got careless handling the heavy links and smacked himself a good one.
“We ain’t playing tiddlywinks and we ain’t reciting nursery rhymes,” he says in the video. “You get lumped up every once in a while and things happen.” Then he takes a Rock-sized swipe of blood and pops it into his mouth for a taste as if it were jelly. Normal stuff.
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In case you were wondering, he wrote in the caption of his post that the blood tastes like “Teremana [his tequila brand], calluses and BlaMoan (black and samoan) Hot Sauce.” He also confirmed that he had to get some stitches to close up the cut.
The clip made me realize that The Rock and I are pretty much the same dude. Okay, I’m not the highest-paid actor in Hollywood and a pro wrestling legend, and I definitely don’t have my own shoe line and burgeoning spirits empire. But earlier this year, I did jack up my face during a workout and ended up bleeding all over my own Iron Paradise (a.k.a. my small apartment). I also needed stitches to close up the gash.
Through that experience, I learned a few lessons, most of which can be distilled into simple directives: be careful when you train, and remember that there’s a risk in everything you do. You might not have The Rock’s resources and near-unmatchable level of commitment, but it’s important to remember that you can and probably will eventually get “lumped up” if you put enough time into your training. The most important thing is to learn from those accidents when they happen, and to take care of yourself as you recover to prevent them from getting worse. Get stitched up, then get back in to work.
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