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Leg day today. Quick workout before meeting my girls parents from dinner:

Leg Extensions

4 sets of 10

Single Leg Leg Press

4 sets of 10 each leg

Lying Hamstring Curls

10x, 10x, 8x, 8x

Leg Press Calf Raises

4 sets of 25x

Ab Machine Crunches

4 sets of 25x

Quote of the day:

“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are.”

– Master Shifu

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Some upper body work today:

everything done with just the left hand

Seated Machine Shoulder Press

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 10x, 10x, 10x 

Seated Shoulder Lateral Raise Machine

4 sets of 10x

Real Lateral Machine

4 sets of 10x

Machine Rows

4 sets of 10x

Lat pulldowns 

4 sets of 10x

Hyperextensions 

4 sets of 10x

 

Next doctors visit it Tuesday. Can’t wait till they take the metal stitches out, they are annoying  

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On 2/28/2019 at 1:52 PM, Chez said:

Hey Royz. Ya, I ruptured my A2 pulley. Normally doctors recommend conservative management for a single pulley rupture but this one off totally so it wasn’t going to heal. 

Oh that sucks. I partially ruptured my A2 pulley with a fingertip lift once too. I wouldn't recommend just jumping into fingertip lifts to anyone. Really a lift one should build up very slowly...
We live we learn...😑

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6 hours ago, Royz said:

Oh that sucks. I partially ruptured my A2 pulley with a fingertip lift once too. I wouldn't recommend just jumping into fingertip lifts to anyone. Really a lift one should build up very slowly...
We live we learn...😑

Definitely learning from this. I’m sticking to the basics when I come back. Just crush, pinch, thickbar and wrist work. No more of these other type lifts. I’ll I can do now is work my ass off to come back better 

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17 hours ago, Chez said:

Definitely learning from this. I’m sticking to the basics when I come back. Just crush, pinch, thickbar and wrist work. No more of these other type lifts. I’ll I can do now is work my ass off to come back better 

That partially ruptured A2 pulley took me about 3 months to come back from, but I was and am nowhere near your level. An operated pulley will take more time probably? Best of luck Chez. I'm sure you will succeed!

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Just saw the doctor for another follow up. Really glad I picked this guy. He really understands the force I put in my hands through training so he’s treating me like a strength athlete and not some ordinary couch potato. He wasn’t happy with the brace so he sent me to another hand therapist to have it made. 

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The new brace for the day and the blue was altered for night. Starting to feel like Han from Enter the Dragon.

 

 

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Feeling a little sick today. Forgot to log Wednesday’s workout because I got back from the gym late and then starting feeling sick. Here is what I did Wednesday:

everything with just the left side

Seated Machine Chest Press

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 3x, 10x, 10x, 10x

Incline Hammer Strength Chest Press

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 10x, 10x, 10x

Pec Deck Machine Flys

4 sets of 10x

Machine Curls

4 sets of 10x

Machine Triceps Extensions

4 sets of 10x

Dumbbell Preacher Hammer Curls

4 sets of 10x

Overhead Dumbbell Extensions 

4 sets of 10x

Hyperextensions 

4 sets of 10x

Ab Machine Crunches 

4 sets of 30x

Recumbent Bike

10 mins

 

Note - hand is feeling much better. If I take it out of the brace I can use it for simple stuff like right now I’m typing with it. Can’t wait until I can use it for light lifting. Working the left has been helping keep atrophy to a min. Doctor told me the metal stitches come out next week and I’m really looking forward to that since they are annoying and stab the rest of my hand every now and then.

 

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I was super sick this weekend so I couldn’t do my two planned workouts. Feeling better now so I’ll restart the cycle this week. The good news is that the doctor took the metal stitches out today. Now I have to concentrate on increasing my range of motion since my finger is stiff.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Chez said:

I was super sick this weekend so I couldn’t do my two planned workouts. Feeling better now so I’ll restart the cycle this week. The good news is that the doctor took the metal stitches out today. Now I have to concentrate on increasing my range of motion since my finger is stiff.

 

 

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Looks like progress bro! Range that sucker till the cows come home!

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18 hours ago, Joseph Sullivan said:

Looks like progress bro! Range that sucker till the cows come home!

Thanks Joe. I worked on it all day yesterday and was able to get the finger fully closed. I was shocked by that. I thought that would have taken longer. Of course it’s stiff again this morning so I’ll have to work hard on it again today. 

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36 minutes ago, Chez said:

Thanks Joe. I worked on it all day yesterday and was able to get the finger fully closed. I was shocked by that. I thought that would have taken longer. Of course it’s stiff again this morning so I’ll have to work hard on it again today. 

The more you put in the more you get out. Just listen to the signs your body tells you 

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4 hours ago, Tommy J. said:

Not gonna lie, the scar looks pretty cool. 

Haha. Thanks Tommy. Every time I show people my scars I feel like I’m in the movie Jaws where they are comparing scars and drinking.

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Met up with my bud for a gym session tonight. Our first time lifting together since my surgery since he’s been busy studying for the CPA exam (I’m already a CPA and licensed attorney but I have to start studying for another license I want). Tonight I started doing some real light work with the right arm and it felt great to get some blood to that side:

Seated Machine Chest Press

Left Arm Only

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 8x, 8x, 8x

Seated Machine Close Grip Chest Press

Left Arm Only

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 8x, 8x, 8x

Machine Pec Deck Flys

Right and Left Arm

4 sets of 10x each arm

Incline Hammer Strength Press

Left Arm Only

8x, 5x, 5x, 8x

Hammer Strenth Shoulder Press

Left Arm Only

10x, 10x, 8x

Seated Machine Bicep Preacher Curls

Left and Right Arm

5 sets of 10x each arm

Seated Machine Triceps Extensions

Left and Right Arm

5 sets of 10x each arm

 

Notes - went real light with the right arm and wore my brace to make sure there was no load on the hand. Felt good to do something. This weekend I’ll start thumb work with both hands since it’s the only grip I can do right now. Maybe I can turn this into a positive and build some strong thumb strength while I wait to hit the other areas of grip. 

Working on my range of motion with the finger before bed:

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Doing my hand stretching excercies while watching tv and I’m really amazed how fast I’m progressing. Hand is looking and feeling better everyday. Stay the course and trust the process:

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On 3/15/2019 at 11:16 AM, Donc101 said:

Great news Chez!!!!

Thanks Don. 

 

Yesterday I did even more with the right hand but in my brace still. trying to play catch up with the right side now. Took today off but I'll make it up tomorrow. Yesterdays training:

Leg Extensions

4 sets of 10x

Leg Press Single Leg

4 sets of 8x each leg

Calf Raises on leg Press

4 sets of 25x

Lying Hamstring Curls

4 sets of 10x

Machine Bicep Preacher Curls

Right Arm Only - 5 sets of 10x 

Machine Triceps Extensions 

Right Arm Only - 5 sets of 10x

Machine Side Laterals

Right Arm Only 5 sets of 10x

Machine Rear Laterals

Right Arm Only 5 sets of 10x

 

Note - Need to start training my thumbs this week. Thinking 3 times a week since its all I can really do for grip right now. 

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Quick back and abs workout tonight. I used my straps with hooks so I wouldn’t put any stress on the hands. Still went light with the right side though because the doc cut my wrist I’m two spots to take the tendon graft and the incision Marks are right where the straps wrap on my wrist. About half weight on the right side to be safe. First rows with the right arm since surgery though so I’m happy about that. 

Single Arm Cable Rows

5 sets of 10x each side

Single Arm Lat Pulldowns

5 sets of 8-10x each side 

Hyperextensions 

5 sets of 8-10x

Ab Machine Crunches 

5 sets of 20x

Single Arm Machine Rows Horizontal Grip

5 sets of 8-10x each side 

 

Been Working on my stretching like a mad man everyday and now I can almost make a fist:

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Feeling more and more like my old self everyday. One step at a time. Whatever it takes.....

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Hit some chest and arms tonight. First night hitting any pressing movements with the right side since surgery. Again, keeping it lighter on the right (half or less).

Machine Chest Press

Left Side

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 10x, 10x, 10x

Right Side

8 sets of 10x

Machine Close Grip Chest Press

Left Side

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 10x, 10x, 10x

Right Side

8 sets of 10x

Pec Dec Fly Machine

4 sets of 10x each side 

Incline Hammer Strength Press

Right Side

10x, 8x, 6x, 6x

Left Side

4 sets of 10x

Single Arm Machine Preacher Curls 

4 sets of 10x each side 

Single Arm Machine Triceps Extensions 

4 sets of 10x each side 

hand stretches tonight and physical therapy in the morning 

 

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Today makes it exactly one month from surgery: here is the comparison pic of today vs 4 days after surgery. Last night I was able to make a tight fist for the first time so it’s clming along well:

 

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Yesterday’s training, everything lighter with right side:

Seated Shoulder Press machine 

Left

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 10x, 10x, 10x

right

8 sets of 10x

Lateral Raise Machine 

4 x 10

same weight for both side here 

Single Arm Rear Lateral Machine 

4 sets of 10x

Single Arm Machine Rows 

4 sets of 10x each side 

Single Arm Lat pulls downs

4 sets of 10x each side 

note - seeing the doc for another follow up tomorrow morning. 

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Still have the doctors appointment in the am but here is a quick video showing my current right hand mobility. Very happy with how fast I am progressing

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Hit legs abs and low back tonight:

Leg Extensions 

4 sets of 10x

Single Leg Leg Press

4 sets of 10x each leg

Ab Machine Wrighted crunches

4 sets of 20x

Hyperextensions

4 sets of 10x

Lying leg Curls 

4 sets of 10x

Seated Calf Raises

4 sets of 20x 

note: very quick workout. Little time between sets, good cardio burn. Saw my doctor this morning and he’s happy with my range of motion and says I can start slowly strengthen the finger in 3 weeks. That’s when I see him next. OT in the morning

quote of the day:

“My scars tell a story. They are a reminder of times when life tried to break me, but failed. They are markings of where the structure of my character was welded.”

Steve Maraboli

 

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Time to update them log with this weekends training;

Friday 3/29/19

met up with my buddy but we got to the gym late and didn’t realize it closes early on fridays. Never been to this gym on a Friday night. It was nice and empty. We only got to hit chest because it closed an hr earlier than we thought:

Single Arm Seated Machine chest press

Left hand

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 10x, 10x, 10X

right hand

8 sets of 8-10x, used double the weight of last week.

Single Arm Seated Machine Chest Press (different machine)

6 sets of 6-8 reps. Used 2/3 weight on right side 

Pec Deck Flys

5 sets of 10x. Used same weight for each side 

Sunday 3/31/19

Single arm Seated machine Shoulder Press 

Left side

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 4x, 3 sets of 8x

Right side 

5 sets of 8-10x, 3 sets of 8x. Double last weeks weight 

Seated Machine Lateral Raises 

2 sets of 10x, 2 sets of 8x. Same weight each side

Machine Rear Laterals

4 sets of 10x. Same weight each side 

single arm machine preacher curls 

5 sets of 10x each side. Only a little lighter right side 

Single arm machine triceps extensions 

4 sets of 10x each side. Only a little lighter right side 

V bar triceps pressdowns 

4 sets of 8x. Same weight each side 

Thumb screw dynamic pinch

10 sets of 30x both thumbs same time. First time hitting grip since surgery

note - right arm is feeling much stronger. Raising the weights I use on it each session

 

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