DBE Journal...Road to Old Man Strength!
With my first post I decided to start a journal. I suffered a catastrophic motor vehicle accident in 1980 in which I broke my right leg in 15 places and my left in 17, shattered my left humerus (arm), crushed my right hand, broke all my ribs right side, tore my face partly off, broke both collar bones, and sustained 7 head wounds.
It has been a long journey with many ups and downs. I currently work as a nurse manager and manage 4 separate sites that work with people with Traumatic Brain Injuries...for there but for the grace of god (or luck if you prefer) go I.
I was diagnosed with an 8" blood clot in Feb 2011 and lighted a fire under my behind to get in some type of shape. I have worked out off and on over the years, but generally got discouraged for various reasons. In 2011 I ran several times a week despite the leg pain I feel daily and got down to about 235lbs and completed a 5k race at age 45 in under 35 minutes...not screamin' fast, but not bad for a fat broken old man.
This year I set my sights on something that feels a bit more natural to me and that is pushing iron.
I started with a basic plan and have stuck with it. Now, I finally have my sights set on a meet November 17, 2012 that is a charity event for a poor child with brain cancer. Being a nurse this is right up my ally. The meet is called Relentless Detroit.
I am returning from a week off lifting...mostly due to a crazy work schedule and needing to give my joints a rest.
Why I do certain things in the gym is a story that I can unfold in the posts to come.
Yesterday was my first day back and of course needed to start with Squats. With squats I try to work my trunk and also Overhead Presses. You can find the summary below.
Thanks for the read and I will try to keep my posts regular.
135 x 10 x 2
225 x 10 x 2
315 x 10 x 2
365 x 3 x 2
315 x 12 x 1 (SS with Abs)
275 x 16 x 1 (SS with Abs)
135 x 5 x 2
185 x 8 x 2
165 x 12 x 1
145 x 22 x 1 (SS all sets with Abs)
Abs: alternate with hanging leg raises, crunches 10-20 reps each set
All lifts all the time RAW, no belts, no straps, no chalk...only head phones
Thanks for the read,
10.10.12 Training Log Entry
Scheduled off day. Working from home...some time it is good to be the boss!
Significant leg, back, tri, chest soreness
Reviewed my training log to date:
A. Reads like I am doing way too many sets. Problem is I love to train and go until I run out of gas. I may need to up my intensity, but lower overall work load to facilitate better/quicker recovery. I never use a spot (save for PR's). I may have to rethink this approach.
B. Obviously all the heavy pulls without straps is the reason for the tendon strain in my elbows and forearms. I used straps for years but felt it limits hand/grip strength. I may have to break down and use the straps here and there until I heal.
C. I have been changing what I do in the gym almost daily and working by feel. Though the main exercises don't change much and I mostly stick to the basic lifts. I just change the weight, sets, reps, and rest times quite a often. After the meet I will readjust to the workout I started the year with for about 8 weeks. I like going by feel. It does, however, make it hard to track improvement.
D. I ordered my singlet for the meet this week and it should arrive today or tomorrow.
Thanks for the read,