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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Senior Member Teufelhund's Avatar
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    Reboot

    ...because sometimes in life you just have to concede defeat and start over.


    As many of you know I've had a pretty significant setback recently. I herniated the C5-C6 disk in my neck. The herniated disk was pressing on my spinal cord and I was losing strength and control in the left side of my body, especially my left arm. It was exquisitely painful as well.

    I was diagnosed in the beginning of February and almost immediately went for surgical correction before the nerve damage was permanent. The disk was removed, a cadaver bone was inserted in its place, and the whole thing was screwed together with a plate. Between the time leading up to diagnosis and recuperation time post-surgery, I've been out of the gym sitting on my ass for a good 6 to 7 months now (depending on if you count the month of crappy workouts I had in December while trying to ignore the injury).

    I've finally, after months of physical restriction, been given the all clear to resume working out.

    I am weak. Very very weak. This journal will be the record of my path back to where I was before, and hopefully a bit further.

    I've attached part of one set of MRI's that shows the squished spinal cord. I've also attached 3 x-rays post surgery. They were taken yesterday. In the MRI, my spinal cord is the upper horizontal white band that is pinched in the middle...
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    To give you an idea of what's happened, I've gone from benching 315 for 6 to 8 reps all the way down to a ball-busting all-out brute-force set of 135x9. It goes downhill from there. I am still a little concerned about putting the bar on my back for squats. so, basically, I'm at square one.

    here's hoping "muscle memory" is for real.
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    Good Luck with everything Casey
    I'll be coming around here to see how you're doing, you'll do great i'm sure of it
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    Injuries blow <rubs injured spine pensively>

    You're going to come through this one, and it's gonna suck feeling weak as hell for a while, but you'll get through it.

    Nice to see you on the board again, Case.

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    Don't fret. It'll come back. One thing you have to remember is that your nerve bundles were severly compressed. You could have been a paraplegic man...luckily things were caught in time. Your body is still working on getting a full impulse from your brain to your muscles and that will come in time. It'll be a while before you restablish that neuromuscular jconection.

    It's not so much that you're weak, it's that your muscles have to learn how to do things again. Don't kid yourself, bro. This was a severe injury and it's incredible that you're doing as well as you are. Take it steady and don't be too anxious or disapointed because your bench dropped 200 lbs. I doubt anybody else would be doing as well as you are.

    And for those of you wondering...despite the lay off he's still as big as a house.
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    I'm counting on seeing you next Arnold!!
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    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

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    Dude, it'll come back -- all of it.

    Just stick through the frustrating parts; remember that the worst of it is over.
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    You'll come back.

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    Good to see you back Casey...you will come through this fine bro.
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    The first back day of 2006...

    Well, today was my first back day of 2006. It was incredibly short. My experience has been that it takes NOTHING to get me so sore that I'm debilitated. I'm not taking my notepad yet, as I'm still kind of just messing around, getting my body used to actually doing more than just sitting there.

    I did 4 sets of Seated Lever Rows, 4 sets of Lever Pulldowns, 2 sets of Bent Over Dumbell Raises (damn... I think thats what they're called... ), and for fun I did a set of seated dumbell military press thingies...

    ok... so I've forgotten what things are called, lol. I'll work on that. The weights were light, and the workout was short, but I fully expect to be very sore tomorrow.

    Its a first step, and I'm thankful and glad I was able to take it today.

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    Marianne: Glad to be back, I hope your back is healing nicely. I definitely know how bad it can get. Back problems are the worst - so much of everyday activity depends on your back.

    Rennypooito: I am not as big as a house. Maybe an economy import mini-van, but definitely not a house. Don't worry bro, I'm taking it nice and easy to start. But once I'm sure I'm not going to break again and once my mind is used to bossing my appendages around again, watch out! You've got a 6 month head start on me... I intend to take it back. :evillaugh

    MM: I'm in for the long haul man, if there's something this layoff has taught me, its how important all of this is to my well-being. God I missed the gym, lol. Thanks.

    Stash: I hear and obey. I'm not eating that nasty-ass spam though. blech!

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    OMG I'm stronger than Teufy! I'm gonna savor these moments. I'm sure there won't be many of them.

    Good luck big guy and congrats on the green light!
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    Best of luck with the new journal and healing the back up. I will be sure to follow your progress as I remember your previous pics showed a monster of a physique.
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    Mike: you better plan on savoring these moments, cuz you're right. I plan to be lifting big soon!

    Sidior: I weighed in at 234 today. A big surprise actually. I'm not tight like I used to be, but I haven't totally wasted away, either... luckily. Thats the thing though because I still look like I'm pretty big, and then go in and lift these weenie weights... I get a little humilated lifting 1/4 of the weight the smaller guy next to me is lifting, lol.

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    Damn dude, that really sucks. Glad to hear you are getting back in there. I laughed pretty hard at the 135x9 comment. It leaves quick, but it comes back quick too.
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    Good to see you lifting again. You'll be back in no time.
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    bring it on cabron!
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    Don't worry, he's still stronger than me.
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    Trust me man, muscle memory IS real, I've been increasing my lifts by 5-10lbs every session after taking a year off.

    Besides, the important thing is that you're back in to it. The poundage is a distant second. Good luck w/ everything.
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    So, a new journal to mark the start of humilating us little folk all over again. Heart issues, spine surgery and host of other items too personal to mention and yet you're still a whopping muscular 234. Damn. Nice to see that the bod held out so well. You know your fan club will be here to root you on to way bigger then you were before.

    Good to see the "Casey" back that I know from when you joined the site. Get stronger and even bigger than before.

    Me /pwn1ng by Xian Rookie's journal Rookie's Picture Thread

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    Bump, cuz teufybitch will get hurt if his journal isn't at the top of the page....the big attention whore that he is. LOL.
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    Its about damn time someone posted in here.

    dw06wu - I hope it comes back quick. but even if it does its still gonna take a while.
    cphafner - Thanks man.
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    Saint Patrick - thanks, I'm coming after you if what you said isn't true...
    Jeff - LOL, thanks man, I don't know where that weight is. It's sure not in my arms or chest or ass...
    Ren - Oh, its already broughten! *snap snap snap*


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    Did some leg presses today (4pps, 15 reps, 4 sets). Every single other leg machine was taken. Every one. I tried to get in the squat rack, but it looks like I need to do some flexibility stuff because I couldn;t even hold the empty bar on my back without feeling like I was auditioning for the cirque d' soleil. So I got on some weird ass cardio thing... ugh. cardio. its got 2 treadmills, one for each foot and they go up and down with your stride. About 90 seconds later my heart rate is over 160, and I'm going 3mph...

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    things will get back to normal Casey, i'm sure you still look like a tank

    in a good way
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    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

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    You'll find out that muscle memory is amazing.

    How exactly did you herniate the disk, Teuf?

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    Look on the bright side Casey, Rene's heart rate hits 160bpm just putting on his pants in the morning.

    You may need to do some serious stretching...i'll probably get caned for this...but doing some yoga movements at home might really help.
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    Awesome bro, glad to see you posting a journal again!!
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