Cheetahs Gym

A strange title for a blog but all will become clear very soon 🙂 If you are squeamish don’t look at the picture lower down.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working out daily at Cheetahs gym in Hove. My aim in the last month of 6 day a week training has been to put some muscle on my shoulders and back which I had lost through training for the marathon earlier this year.

My training partner Sky Bliss and I were on our 5th workout of the week – shoulders workout for the 2nd time. (As it’s my 1st month of solid weight training, I’ve been using 3-4 sets of 15-20 reps with the occasional workout of up to 30 reps on an exercise). Anyway we’d almost completed the workout – 4 sets of 15 Reverse flys on bench, 4 sets of Upright row on smith machine, 4 sets of 15 seated Shoulder Press, and finally proposed 4 sets of Traps raises with Dumbbells. This is where the title of the blog comes into play…… The 37.5kilo dumbbells were sitting on a normal weight bench. I was preparing to do my 4th and final set when one of the dumbbells rolled off the bench onto my toe. Sky tried to call out before it hit my right big toe but it was too late.

Let’s just say it was extremely painful, surprisingly I didn’t swear just went a very pale shade of white. I quickly pulled off my trainer to see blood soaking my sock. To cut a long story short, I ended up in Accident & Emergency for 3 1/2 hours with a fractured toe. It could have been much worse i.e a broken foot. Although I won’t know the full extent of the damage until I visit the fracture clinic today monday 4th July. Here’s a couple of pics – the x-ray and the state of the toe in A & E:

X-ray of Big Toe
Mangled Toe

The moral of the story being pay more attention when using heavy weights. If you are to perform Traps raises with heavy dumbbells take the time to lock them together so they don’t roll off the bench onto your feet.

As a fitness professional I should know better.  The reason I’ve posted this blog is to not gross you out with picture of my toe but for you to remember the dangers of not paying attention in the gym at ALL times especially when there are heavy weights about.

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