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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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Starting to feel real......  

Still training. Just got off track with the log as I adjust my workouts at my friends home gym and the fitness center in my building. Today I attempted my 199 Rated GHP 9 for the first time ever. I di

Still alive and still training. I never stopped. Work and my personal life got crazy so I took some time off from logging. My strength is really coming back though. Almost full strength on pressing mo

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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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Shoggoth

A little loving went a long way to gaining some mobility :D

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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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Tonight’s training:

Leg Extensions 

4 sets of 10x

Single leg leg Press

4 sets of 8x each leg 

Leg Press Calf Raises 

4 sets of 20x 

Lying Hamstring Curls 

4 sets of 10x 

Single Arm Machine Rows with wrist wrap hooks to protect healing fingers 

4 sets of 10x each arm. Same weight each side. Nice 

Single Arm Lat Pulldowns with wrist wrap hooks to protect healing fingers 

2 sets of 10x and 2 sets of 8x each arm. Same weight each side. Nice 

Hyperextensions 

4 sets of 10x

Ab Machine Crutches 

4 sets of 20x

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Really quick workout tonight. Got to the gym late and had to move fast. Very little rest between sets:

Seated Machine Bench Press

4 sets of 10x

Pec Deck Fly Machine 

4 sets of 10x

Incline Hammer strength Press

8x, 3 sets of 5x

Machine Preacher Curls 

8 sets of 8-10x

Machine Triceps Extensions 

8 sets of 8-10x

Note - first time doing all these exercise two arms at same time since the surgery. Rights is still weaker though and holding me back a little but no more one arm at a time BS. Right arm feels great and now it’s time to get it strong 💪 . I leave for a cruise tomorrow but they have a great gym on board and I plan to keep working my ass off. Also bringing my thumbscrews to keep working my thumbs. Next doctor visit is as soon as I get back and he says I can start strengthen the finger in PT that week. I’m excited to get strong again

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Shal9097

Hey Chez Godspeed on the recovery man. I was wondering if anyone on here has had or heard of someone having a similar tendon pulley rupture just from using grippers? I’m just starting to work on the #2.5 and would like to know how common it is with the heavier grippers. Thanks. 

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7 hours ago, Shal9097 said:

Hey Chez Godspeed on the recovery man. I was wondering if anyone on here has had or heard of someone having a similar tendon pulley rupture just from using grippers? I’m just starting to work on the #2.5 and would like to know how common it is with the heavier grippers. Thanks. 

Thanks for the kind words dude. I’ll rebound like I always have. Ruptured aren’t common with grippers. Over use strains are but not ruptures. The only time anyone tears anything with grippers is usually overloading too much with negatives. I avoid this by doing them last when I’m very warmed up and doing them for 5-10 second holds so that way the weight won’t be too much. Doing them last when fatigued means I also don’t need much resistance. It’s doing them first not warmed and jumping to weights that open the hands immediately that is asking for trouble 

I have closed 3 coc #4 grippers by the way so I go heavier than most ever will

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2 minutes ago, Chez said:

Thanks for the kind words dude. I’ll rebound like I always have. Ruptured aren’t common with grippers. Over use strains are but not ruptures. The only time anyone tears anything with grippers is usually overloading too much with negatives. I avoid this by doing them last when I’m very warmed up and doing them for 5-10 second holds so that way the weight won’t be too much. 

I have closed 3 coc #4 grippers by the way so I go heavier than most ever will

I appreciate the response man

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5 minutes ago, Shal9097 said:

I appreciate the response man

Anytime dude. I’m like the Resident gripper nerd here so feel free to ask me anything. 

This video explains how I train grippers which I think is very safe and effective. I never been injured on grippers despite being only the 5th guy to close the MM7 (only one guy has closed the 8) so I push myself hard 

 

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Really behind in the log. So I was a lazy bum on vacation and only went to the gym once on the ship. This is the least I have ever worked out ever on a cruise. We were super active so I was running from one event to another. Having the ultimate drink package also didn’t help me find the gym🍹 🍸  🍷 . I lifted twice this past week but forgot to log. Let’s just start logging last nights workout:

Seated Machine Shoulder Press

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

One Arm Cable Rows

4 sets of 8-10x

One Arm Lat Pulldowns 

4 sets of 8-10x

Seated Calf Raises 

4 sets of 20x

Leg Extensions 

4 sets of 10x

Lying Hamstring Curls 

4 sets of 10x

Ab Crunch Machine 

4 sets of 20x

 

last week the doctor gave me the green light to start strength the finger in physical therapy. Starting super light. They gave me a pink form rectangle to squeeze. Haha. Guess it has to be pink to make me feel even more like a sissy. I do it ever night. Hand is feeling great 

 

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Went to occupational therapy this morning and I have officially graduated to the baby blue foam rectangle:

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Guess you you can say things are getting pretty serious......

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8 hours ago, Climber028 said:

RGC estimate? 

Let’s just say the MM8 should be scared 😜

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Time to start putting poundage in the log, I'm still weak but I need to track the weights so I can track my progression as I rehab. Right arm is only slightly behind the left. 

Seated Machine Chest Press

2 warm up sets

155 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 8x

185 lbs - 6x

200 lbs - 4x

215 lbs - 4x

155 lbs - 3 sets of 8x

- this is a tough machine so the weight feels heavier than listed

Incline Smith Machine Bench Press

185 lbs - 8x

225 lbs - 5x

245 lbs - 5x

255 lbs - 5x

Pec Deck Fly Machine

170 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

1 Arm Machine Preacher Curls

110 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm

1 Arm Machine Tricep Extensions

95 lbs - 4 sets of 8x each arm

V bar Tricep Press downs

60 lbs - 8x

70 lbs - 8x

75 lbs - 8x

80 lbs - 8x

 

Next doctor appointment is in  5 weeks. I hope he gives me the green light to use free weights for at least pressing movements then. Using machines is getting boring. Used the smith machine for the first time tonight at least. 

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Time to update the log with this weekends workouts:

Friday 4/26/19

Thumbscrews in TTK position

10 sets of 30x

- too easy. Time to move up to next gripper

Blue foam crushes for a bunch of sets 

Sunday 4/28/19

Seated Machine Shoulder Press 

2 warm up sets

110 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 8x 

140 lbs - 6x

155 lbs - 4x 

170 lbs - 4x

125 lbs - 3 sets of 8x

- a little easy. More weight next week

Machine Laterals

70 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10

Machine Rear Laterals

110 lbs - 4 sets of 10x

One Arm Cable Rows (with wrist hooks)

60 lbs - 10x each side

70 lbs - 10x each side

80 lbs - 10x each side 

90 lbs - 10x each side

One Arm Cable Lat Pulldowns (with wrist hooks)

50 lbs - 10x each side

60 lbs - 10x each side

70 lbs - 10x each side 

80 lbs - 10x each side

Hyperextensions

bodyweight - 4 sets of 15x

Ab Machine Crunches 

125 lbs - 4 sets of 20x

 

 

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Really quick workout tonight. It’s been a busy start to the week so I just squeezed in some leg work to start on track. 

Leg Extensions 

2 warm ups 

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

185 lbs - 10x 

Single leg Leg Press

240 lbs - 8x each leg

260 lbs - 8x each leg

280 lbs - 8x each leg 

300 lbs - 8x each leg 

Leg Press Calf Raises

2 warm up sets 

240 lbs - 2 sets of 30x

260 lbs - 2 sets of 25x

Lying Hamstring Curls 

110 lbs - 4 sets of 8x

Home for beers and the NBA playoffs. Seeing avengers end game tomorrow because it’s getting hard to avoid spoilers. People at work were talking about it and I had to avoid hearing anything 

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On 4/25/2019 at 2:20 PM, Chez said:

Went to occupational therapy this morning and I have officially graduated to the baby blue foam rectangle:

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Guess you you can say things are getting pretty serious......

Looks like a real monster... What's up next? A red one?

Best of luck with your reovery.

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Glad things are progressing big guy.  Come to Nationals so I can at least tie someone on grippers this year.  :laugh

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4 hours ago, Mike Rinderle said:

Glad things are progressing big guy.  Come to Nationals so I can at least tie someone on grippers this year.  :laugh

Thanks Mike. You tie me?.....I’m injured not dead, I can still beat you with my other fingers . I closed a trainer with just my pinky a long time ago well below max strength. Curious what I can close now with it. My left could have easily won grippers at nationals last year 😜

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7 hours ago, Royz said:

Looks like a real monster... What's up next? A red one?

Best of luck with your reovery.

Thanks Royz. The hand feels so good I have to remind myself I’m still rehabbing. I’ll be back at it by fall

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On 5/1/2019 at 2:00 PM, Chez said:

Thanks Mike. You tie me?.....I’m injured not dead, I can still beat you with my other fingers . I closed a trainer with just my pinky a long time ago well below max strength. Curious what I can close now with it. My left could have easily won grippers at nationals last year 😜

Not after I smack you in the left hand with a pipe.  They don't call me Galooly for nothing.  😂😂😂

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