Before I go over my exact method for getting bigger and stronger, here is a quick story about my recent experience..
As many of you know, I pulled a muscle in my hip about two months ago and it has been a long and annoying recovery process. Most people would think that muscles heal relatively quickly, which has not been the case for me.
I was playing baseball in late June and I didn’t stretch very well before our doubleheader. On a 1-1 pitch, I smashed a hard ground ball in between the shortstop and the third baseman. I came out of the box hard and I rounded first as quickly as I could. After sliding into second, I felt a large amount of pain in my right hip. I never pulled a muscle before that incident, but that’s exactly what it felt like I did.
The next hitter was able to drive me in and when I went to the dugout, the pain started to hurt even worse. I took a few innings off and actually played first base for a while. That was a fun experience because I’ve never done that in my entire baseball career. I stretched throughout the rest of the game and when I got home I iced.
During weight lifting, football practice, and baseball games, the pain was always tolerable during the summertime. In late July, I went to a 2-day DeMarini Top 96 baseball showcase – which made my hip flare up like never before. At the end of the second day I could barely run. I knew after a month of pain that something must be wrong.
After the final scrimmage was done, I drove home and went directly to the doctors office. He immediately told me that my x-rays looked fine, however, I pulled a muscle in my hip known as the “piriformis.”
Fast forwarding another month, at the time of writing this I am almost done with physical therapy. I’ve been going two to the three times per week after school and it has helped a lot. The thing that I noticed while attending physical therapy is exactly what I want to talk about in this blog post.
Here’s the deal:
As long as you are working out your muscles in an intense fashion, it really does not matter what exercises you do, you will get bigger and stronger. I have had countless different trainers work on me in my time with physical therapy and they all have had me do completely different workouts.
No matter what exercises, repetitions, or sets I do, at the end of the day my muscle always feels exhausted and ready for recovery.
If you are looking to get bigger and stronger in your legs, it really does not matter what exercises you do, whether it be: squats, deadlifts, leg press, lunges, etc. The most important thing to remember is you are exerting energy and working that muscle. If you are lifting hard and heavy, the muscle will break down and be forced to grow!
Eat more calories, get more rest, and you WILL become a bigger and stronger you!
P.S. If you’re wondering about my hip, it is recovering fast and I’m almost at full strength and speed. I’m getting my swagger back. ;)