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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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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’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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I've heard it said quite a few times that the true measure of a man is how he deals with adversity.

Inspirational stuff mate, kudos to you on your comeback!

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Can't wait to see you back to full crushing strength!

Best of luck in training and life. And no more major injuries please...😜

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4 hours ago, Raymond said:

I've heard it said quite a few times that the true measure of a man is how he deals with adversity.

Inspirational stuff mate, kudos to you on your comeback!

Agreed. Good luck, Chez!

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Thank you gentlemen! I’m excited to be back! It’s been a long and crazy work week so I’m resting tonight but this weekend I plan to go to war in the gym. All the best in your training!

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Time to post today's training. I had a rough start to the day. I was exhausted yesterday from a long and stressful work week so I slept in late. On top of that, I woke up feeling ill. My stomach was in bad shape. I have a wheat gluten allergy and it felt like I got contaminated. I was suppose to lift after lunch but I couldn't even finished lunch so I got it wrapped up and headed home for more rest. I knew it wasn't a good idea to go to the gym feeling like this. I eventually decided to push myself to the gym around 4:30 pm and I was able to rebound and have a great workout!

Standing Barbell Overhead Press

2 warm up sets

135 lbs - 3x. moved super fast

165 lbs - 2x. moved super fast

185 lbs - 2x. Moved super fast. It was at this point I knew this was going to be a good workout. The extra rest paid off. 

210 lbs - 4 sets of triples! every rep felt so fast and smooth. I actually only planned for doubles when I walked into the gym because of the start of the day but every rep felt so dam good I went to triples. definitely more in the tank. its days like this that are the most important in training. Some days you won't feel great and you are facing adversity. you can either quit or make the best of it and grind. I decided to grind. 

Machine Rear Laterals

100 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

Seated Machine Shoulder Press

125 lbs - 3 sets of 10x. Fast and explosive. I did this for some more volume and speed training. Easy Money

Seated Machine Bent Arm Lateral Raises

70 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

- Too easy. More weight next time

1 Hand Flask Pinch

1 warm up set

36 lbs - 2 sets of 5x each hand

41 lbs - 3 sets of 5x each hand

- Obviously this is super light weight and it felt easy. My doctor said I can start grip training but I have to start slow. I'm holding back. Every week I'll add weight. This felt great. My hands feel great. 

1 Hand Sorinex 4" Pinch Block Lift

25.5 lbs - 2 sets of 5x each hand

28 lbs - 3 sets of 5x each hand

- Again. Easy money. More weight next time. 

Thumbscrews Dynamic Pinch

Heavy grips gripper

1 sets of 25x

4 sets of 20x

 

Note: deadlifts and grippers tomorrow. I feel so dam good and lucky to be back training. Its all about prospective. When you get injured and can't train for months, you realize how lucky you are to be able to train again.............I'll keep fighting because that's who I am. 1 step at a time i'll rebuild myself 

 

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Deadlifts and Right Hand Grippers today. Only my 3rd gripper session since coming back to training and it went better than expected. My deadlifts are weak right now because I had a back issue for a while before the hand surgery and I'm still battling achilles tendonitis. I also have to use wrist wrap hooks for deadlifts right now because my hand isn't ready for the weight. At least I am making progress though and getting stronger everyday.

Deadlifts with Wrist Wrap Hooks

2 Warm Up Sets

225 lbs - 2x

275 lbs  - 2x

315 lbs - 3 sets of 5x. Good enough for today. I have squats tomorrow

Seated Medium Width Cable Rows

110 lbs - 4 sets of 15x. I just started to do these without the hooks. The doctor wants me to slowly increase the weight and get my hand use to handling weight again. I'll keep bumping it up week by week. Feels good to use my hands again. 

Lat Pull Downs

110 lbs - 2 sets of 15x. Same thing. Just started not using the hooks so I have to ease into these. 

Right Hand TNS Grippers

Warm Ups

COC #2 - 5 sets of 5x TNS. Not too shabby. Strength is coming back quickly. This went better than I thought for my 3rd session. Video of the first set below. 

GHP 4 - 3 sets of 5x TNS 

COC #1.5 - 3 sets of 5x TNS

COC #1 - 3 sets of 5x TNS  

- Good enough for today. Squats and wrist work tomorrow. I'll hit therapy grippers for the left hand tonight and soon hit regular grippers for that hand as well.

 

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Time to log tonight's training. hit legs tonight. Again, I haven't done squats in a while because of some back and legs issues that occurred even before the hand injury so I'm weak on them but I'm getting stronger every week. 

Barbell Back Squats

2 Warm Up Sets

225 lbs - 5x

275 lbs - 3 sets of 5x

Leg Extensions

130 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

Lying Hamstring Curls

95 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 3 sets of 8x

Machine Leg press Single Leg Calf Extensions

120 lbs - 4 sets of 25x each  Leg. Still battling Achilles Tendonitis so I am going light here and really feeling the stretch 

Ab Machine Crunches 

110 lbs - 4 sets of 25x. Been lazy with my abs but they are important for core strength 

Entensors 

Ironmind Red Band - I lost track of the sets cause I did them while drinking wine and watching a movie (recovery :)) but 4-6 sets of 50x each hand

Note - Decided to postpone wrist training until this weekend because I'm exhausted. I'm going to get back on my regular grip train schedule. I also figured out why my stomach has been feeling like shit lately (felt like that again tonight). I checked the label of the new shampoo I just bought and sure enough it contains Wheat causing my wheat allergy to act up (yes, I'm that sensitive and it absorbs through my skin). I hate this allergy because its in like everything and I have to check the ingredients of everything. Thank god I checked. Live and learn.......

 

Getting stronger every week. In a good flow right now. Gotta harness it. It’s circular. All good things

“ You gotta rise above it. You gotta harness in the good energy, block out the bad. Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. Feel the flow Happy. Feel it. It's circular. It's like a carousel. You pay the quarter, you get on the horse, it goes up and down, and AROUND. It's circular. Circle, with the music, the flow. All good things.”

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I was just looking at the image of your hand in the vid you posted yesterday @Chez, did you have a carpal tunnel release done when they repaired the tendon pulley or was the incision on your wrist an access port so they could set the tension on the pulley repair?

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I was just looking at the image of your hand in the vid you posted yesterday @Chez, did you have a carpal tunnel release done when they repaired the tendon pulley or was the incision on your wrist an access port so they could set the tension on the pulley repair?

Good eye noticing the wrist incision Raymond. I have another one 3 inches down my forearm that you can’t see in the picture. So, I had a grade 3 pulley rupture and normally when that happens, the doctors recommend the conservative method (grade 4 is where you normally need surgery) which is wearing a pulley ring and letting scar tissue form to close the pulley tear. That’s what the first doctor had me doing but I got a second opinion and that doctor had me take a more advanced scan and what he noticed is the pulley ripped right off the bone on both sides (instead of tearing in the middle) so it wasn’t going to heal with the conservative method because it wasn’t attached at all. He had to reattached the pulley on both sides. And because I told him what I do and the force that I generate (I told him I close grippers few men can and can generate about 300 lbs on a hand dyno etc which he was amazed at because he’s never seen anyone hit 200) he took a tendon graft from my wrist and wrapped it around the pulley to reinenorce it so the scars on my wrist are from where he took the graft. This is the first time he’s done this. The previous doctor mentioned it was an idea but he had never done it either. Neither of them had heard of being done but this guy decided to do it. I’m happy I found this doctor who treated me like a strength athlete and took the extra step to reinforce the repair because I feel great.

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It sounds like you had a good surgeon, I popped a pulley about 18 months ago and they didn't do anything for it. I had a hard painful lump there for almost a year but it's settled down now and it seems OK but I'm not brave enough to test it on the same fingertip hold at the indoor rock climbing place again yet.

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21 hours ago, Raymond said:

It sounds like you had a good surgeon, I popped a pulley about 18 months ago and they didn't do anything for it. I had a hard painful lump there for almost a year but it's settled down now and it seems OK but I'm not brave enough to test it on the same fingertip hold at the indoor rock climbing place again yet.

I did lots and lots of research and I'm super happy with my doctor. I would totally recommend him to any gripster with a hand injury. Testing yourself after injury is always hard psychologically. I also tore the A2 pulley on my left hand middle finger that night and we are going the conservative route with that hand so I am not as confident and taking it slower with that hand. I hope you make a full recovery buddy. 

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I left work a little early tonight so I could work out with my friend whos a 61 year old powerlifter whos won his weight class (hes a smaller guys in the mid 150s) and age for 25 years straight. I made sure to eat an early dinner at work to fuel myself for the workout. I am not going lie, I was super tired tonight driving to the gym. The same energy just wasn't there as it was last week but I was able to rebound and have a great workout. 

Barbell Bench Press

3 warm up sets

225 lbs - 3x

255 lbs - 2x

285 lbs - 2x

325 lbs - 1x. It wasn't easy because my energy was low tonight and I got out of position on the way down but I got it. its days like this that you have to grind

275 lbs - 5x

275 lbs - 4x

245 lbs - 5x. I could have squeezed out some more but I decided to save it for the rest of the exercises 

Incline Barbell Bench Press

195 lbs - 5x

215 lbs - 5x

235 lbs - 5x. Easy money. More weight next week

Smith Machine Barbell Floor Press (Counting the bar as 45 lbs even though it isn't for easy weight calculation)

275 lbs - 3x with a nice long pause at the bottom each rep 

285 lbs - 3x with a nice long pause at the bottom each rep

295 lbs - 3x with a nice long pause at the bottom each rep

Machine Pec Deck Flys 

170 lbs - 10x with a nice pause with the handles touching squeezing the chest

210 lbs - 8x with a nice pause with the handles touching squeezing the chest

230 lbs - 8x with a nice pause with the handles touching squeezing the chest

250 lbs (entire stack) - 8x with a nice pause with the handles touching squeezing the chest

Machine Single Arm Tricep Extensions

110 lbs - 10x each side

125 lbs - 3 sets of 8x each side

Machine Single Arm Biceps Curls

2 warm ups sets

155 lbs - 4 sets of 8x each arm. There is only one full plate left and micro jumps left on this machine and you can do 2 arm at the same time. I think this is the most I have ever used on it. My biceps are feeling strong. I will be maxing this mahine out soon.   

 

I'm going to be bigger and stronger than ever. Just need to keep grinding....................

 

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This weekends Training:

Saturday 9/14/19

Deadlifts with Wrist Wrap Hooks

2 warm up sets

225 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 2x

335 lbs - 3 sets of triples

2.5" Crusher Lifts

67.5 lbs - 2 sets of 10x each hand

72.5 lbs - 10x each hand

77.5 lbs - 2 sets of 10x each hand

- Just like all grip work, I'm starting light and I'll slowly up the weight each week

Medium Grip Cable Rows with 2.25" Yes 4 All Grips

120 lbs - 4 sets of 10x

Lat Pull Downs

120 lbs - 4 sets of 10x with 2.25" Yes 4 All Grips

Sunday 9/15/19

Standing Barbell Overhead Press

135 lbs - 8x

165 lbs - 2x

195 lbs - 2x

215 lbs - 3 sets of doubles

Machine Rear Laterals

100 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

Seated Machine Shoulder Press

140 lbs - 3 sets of 10x

Seated Machine Side Laterals

70 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

Sledge Levers to front

6 lb Sledge - 3 sets of 10x each hand

Sledge Levers to Rear

6 lb Sledge - 3 sets of 10x each hand

Sledge Supination/Pronation 

6 lb Sledge Choke up on the handle (hand in front of blue tape)- 3 sets of 10x each hand

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Tonight’s training. Hit a quick light leg session. I was talking to my powerlifter friend and he suggested alternating heavy back and leg days so my body stays fresh. So I’m going to try light legs/heavy back and the reverse the following week and see how it goes. Forearms were actually sore today for the first time in a long time. Been going light with grip but my hands aren’t use to  doing anything so they are still sore. Feels good to be sore again. 

Leg extensions 

2 warm up sets

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

185 lbs - 10x

Single Leg Leg Press Machine 

160 lbs - 10x each leg

180 lbs - 10x each leg

200 lbs - 10x each leg

220 lbs - 10x each leg

240 lbs - 10x each leg

Single Leg Calf Extensions on Leg Press

1 warm up set 

120 lbs - 5 sets of 25x each leg 

still fighting this dam achilles tendonitis. Follow up doctor appointment Thursday 

Lying Hamstring Curls 

95 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 3 sets of 8x

Ab Crunch Machine

125 lbs - 5 sets of 25x

Extensors 

IM Red Band - 5 sets of 60x each hand

Note - chest and arms Wednesday. Now that my pressing is back to being pretty good going to start a bench program Wednesday and a shoulder press program this weekend. Been going by feel until now.

 

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Chest and arm training tonight. Started a bench press program I have used in the past. Like all programs it starts light and ramps up.

Barbell Bench Press Program

4 warm up sets up to 225lbs

260 lbs - 4 sets of triples

285 lbs - 1x

195 lbs - 20x. AMRAP. Dam cardio set. Not use to high reps like this. Fried the tris.

Incline Barbell Bench Press

205 lbs - 5x

225 lbs - 5x

Smith Machine Floor Press

295 lbs - 2 sets of doubles with nice pause on the floor each time 

285 lbs - 3x with a nice pause on the bottom each time 

- treating the bar as 45 lbs even though it’s not

Machine Pec Deck Flys

190 lbs - 8x with a handles touching pause each rep

210 lbs  - 8x with a handles touching pause each rep

230 lbs  - 8x with a handles touching pause each rep

250 (whole stack) - 8x with a handles touching pause each rep

Single Arm Machine Bicep Curls

155 lbs - 4 sets of 8x each arm

Single Arm Machine Tricep Extensions 

125 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm

 

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