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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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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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4 hours ago, Mike Rinderle said:

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

haha. just bring your A game at nationals since I wont be there to save you guys for grippers. last year for grippers is what I would call ameateur hr. I'll see you next year big man. I plan on breaking the 200 lb RGC barrier than and still beating you overal (just like nationals and king kong) 😋 . 

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Today’s training:

Seated Machine Chest Press

160 lbs - 10x

175 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 6x

205 lbs - 4x

220 lbs - 4x

160 lbs - 3 sets of 8x 

Incline Hammer Strength Press

140 lbs - 10x

180 lbs - 5x

230 lbs - 5x

270 lbs - 5x

290 lbs - 4x and missed 5th right at lockout. Next time

230 lbs - 3 sets of 5x

Machine Pec Deck flys 

170 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs -10x

230 lbs -10x

Single Arm Machine Curls

115 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm 

Single Arm Machine Tricep Extensions

100 lbs - 4 sets of 8x each arm

V Bar press Downs

65 lbs - 8x

75 lbs - 8x

85 lbs - 8x

90 lbs - 8x

Thumbscrews TKK style

5 sets of 25x

5 sets of 20x

- moved up to the next gripper

Bunch of blue foam crushes 

Note - went up in everything. Slowly getting my strength back. It’s a marathon, not a sprint 

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Last nights training:

Seated Machine Shoulder Press

2 warm up sets

115 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 8x

145 lbs - 6x

160 lbs - 4x

175 lbs - 4x

130 lbs - 3 sets of 8x

Seated Machine Side Lateral Raises

75 lbs - 10x

95 lbs - 10x

115 lbs - 10x

135 lbs - 10x

Stiff Leg Deadlifts

135 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 8x

175 lbs - 6x

195 lbs - 6x

- haven’t done deadlifts in a while due to various injuries. Did these with the wrist wrap hooks to protect the hand. The pull from the wrist is a weird feeling. Starting light and slow on these.

Single Arm Cable Rows

50 lbs - 10x

60 lbs - 10x

70 lbs - 10x

80 lbs - 10x

Single Arm Lat Pulldowns

50 lbs - 10x

60 lbs - 10x

70 lbs - 2 Sets of 8x

Machine Rear Laterals 

110 lbs - 4 sets of 8x

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I’ll Fell behind the log again. Time to catch up:

Friday 5/10/19

Thumbscrews TKK style

5 sets of 30x

5 sets of 25x

- I’ll slide the screws farther up the handles to make it harder next session.

- bunch of green foam crushes. Yep graduated again the to the harder green foam yippie!

 

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Monday 5/13/19

Seated Machine Chest Press

2 warm up sets

165 lbs - 10x

180 lbs - 8x

195 lbs - 6x

210 lbs - 4x

225 lbs - 4x

165 lbs - 3 sets of 8x 

Incline Hammer Strength Press

150 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 5x

240 lbs - 5x

270 lbs - 5x

240 lbs - 3 sets of 5x

Machine Pec Deck flys 

 170 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs -10x

230 lbs -10x

- need to move up next session

Single Arm Machine Curls

120 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm 

Single Arm Machine Tricep Extensions

 105 lbs - 4 sets of 8x each arm

V Bar press Downs

65 lbs - 10

 75 lbs - 10x

85 lbs - 8x

90 lbs - 6x. Triceps fried at this point 

Wednesday 5/15/19

Thumbscrews TKK style

5 sets of 20x

- moves screws up from last session but  have to do it again next session.

Thursday 5/16/19

Seated Machine Shoulder Press

2 warm up sets

120 lbs - 10x

135 lbs - 8x

150 lbs - 6x

165lbs - 4x

180 lbs - 4x

135 lbs - 3 sets of 8x

Seated Machine Side Lateral Raises

80 lbs - 10x

100 lbs - 10x

120 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10X

Single Arm Cable Rows

60 lbs - 10x

70 lbs - 10x

80 lbs - 10x

 90 lbs - 10x

Single Arm Lat Pulldowns

50 lbs - 10x

60 lbs - 10x

70 lbs - 10x

80 lbs - 10x

Machine Rear Laterals 

 120 lbs - 4 sets of 8x

Hyperextensions 

bodyweight - 10x

+25 lbs - 3 sets of 8x

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From crushing a green sponge to a 200+ rgc gripper. That'll make for an awesome before and after pic! I can see it now..

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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 movements and training squats and deadlifts hard again after a long rest to recover from some back and leg tweaks. and the good news is the doctor has cleared me for full grip training! But I have to start slow. I have already hit grippers twice, pinch and thick bar once and tomorrow I'll hit my wrist for the first time. I'll start logging again this week. Excited to be back hitting grip! 

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Time to start logging again. Its a perfect night to start since I just had my strongest chest and arms session since the surgery. My press and arm strength is super close to presurgery levels. I had a huge breakthrough tonight. its the kind of session where everything felt light and I had to keep checking to make sure I loaded the correct weight. I live for nights like this. 

Barbell Bench Press

3 light warm up sets 

225 lbs - 3x

255 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 5x. I should have stopped at 3x and saved energy for the later sets but I was shocked at how easy this weight felt tonight so I kept going. I honestly could have gotten more but I stopped at 5x when I decided to go heavier for subsequent sets.

295 lbs - 2x. Again I stopped to save energy

305 lbs - 2x. The crazy thing is that I wasn't even in proper position and noticed it as soon as I unracked the weight but still got this relatively easy. this is by far my best bench session since the surgery. 

Incline Hammer Strength Machine Press 

180 lbs total Plate weight - 5x

230 lbs total plate weight - 5x

270 lbs total plate weight - 3x

320 lbs total plate weight - 3x

360 lbs total plate weight - 3x

270 lbs total plate weight - 5x

230 lbs total plate weight - 8x

- again my best session on this machine as my second exercise since the surgery easily

Pec Deck Fly Machine

190  lbs - 12 x

210 lbs - 12x

230 lbs - 12x

250 lbs (machine max) - 12x

- I am at the point where I have to increase the reps on this machine since I am maxing it out 4 set 

Single Arm Machine Bicep Curls

140 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm. This felt insanely easily (maybe the easiest ever) and the machine doesn't have much more weight. You can do the machine 2 arms at a time but I do it single arm because there isn't enough weight on the stack for me to do double arm. I want to max it out and then switch to free weights. 

Skull Crushers with an EZ Curl Bar and arms slanted back where the bar goes behind my head to keep tension on the muscle

70 lbs - 10x

80 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 8x

100 lbs - 8x

- first time doing this exercise since the surgery and it felt dam good. 

Note - currently hovering between 290-295 lbs body weight. I plan to return to competition late next year as a leaner 300 lb monster. I signed up for a food deliver plan. The meals come pre cooked and are high in protein and healthy and cater to my gluten allergy. I’ll have to eat two of the meals at a time because of my size but it still works out to be economical and convenient and healthier so I think it will be a game changer for me. I have come back stronger from every injury and this time will be no different. I am in my mid 30s (just turned 36 a couple weeks ago) and these are the prime strength years (they say peak strength years are late 30s to beginning 40s). I cleared some stuff in my personal life so I have more time than ever for training. Time to get serious! Everything has to be stronger than before. It will be a long journey but I enjoy the grind

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