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2 minutes ago, Chez said:

Had to go to the ER last night because of the infection and they are keeping me here today to give me antibiotics by IV. Argh!

Damn. Speedy recovery buddy. All the best. Cheers.

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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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3 hours ago, Chez said:

Had to go to the ER last night because of the infection and they are keeping me here today to give me antibiotics by IV. Argh!

That sucks. Good luck healing up. 

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How's it going now @Chez?

I saw what you wrote a few days back but I had no idea it was that serious. I hope you're on the mend.

Was the infection from a cut or a scratch or just one of those things with no known cause?

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Thanks guys. Literally just got out of the hospital after being there for two nights. I have to keep taking oral antibiotics at home until this is completely knocked out. 

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9 hours ago, Raymond said:

How's it going now @Chez?

I saw what you wrote a few days back but I had no idea it was that serious. I hope you're on the mend.

Was the infection from a cut or a scratch or just one of those things with no known cause?

Hey Ray. Thanks for the kind words. I have been dealing with achillies tendonitis so the doc gave me these medicine patches to put on it but over time they wore away the skin there and I believe that’s where the infection got in. 

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21 hours ago, FrankD said:

I hope you heal up and get better soon, Chez!  

Thanks frank 

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Well the show must go on. Feeling much better. Still taking antibiotics but I plan on lifting today straight after work. I have goals to conquer 

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On 11/8/2019 at 11:50 AM, bencrush said:

Glad to hear you're feeling better! 

Thanks Ben. Much better today. Swelling is down. Still some redness and skin issues which will take longer but I’m happy.

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So back in the saddle yesterday for a chest and arms session. As expected, I felt weak so I went back a couple weeks in my programming to ramp up again. 

Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups 

260 lbs - 4 sets of 4x

295 lbs - 1x

205 lbs - 15x 

Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

80 lb DBs - 5x

90 lb DBs - 5x

100 lb DBs - 5

105 lb DBs - 5x

Smith Machine Floor Press, pause with each rep

275 lbs - 3x

265 lbs - 2 sea of 3x

Machine Pec Deck Flys 

190 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

230 lbs - 8x

250 lbs (stack) - 8x

1 Arm Machine Curls 

2 warm ups

140 lbs - 4 sets of 8x each arm 

1 Arm Machine Tricep Extensions 

110 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm

 

Note - taking off today but I’ll hit shoulders, lights legs (infection was on my right calf) and right grippers tomorrow. Going to try and move up to my next gripper. 

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Shoulders and right hand grippers today. Again, my press strength felt weak coming back from the infection. I went back to week 1 of the cycle to lessen the weight and ramp up again. Grippers felt good but I made a mistake and left them in the car and its been pretty cold here. That's a rookie mistake. Cold grippers are harder to close (steel stiffens) and sting the hand more. Also, having cold hands is dangerous since tendons become rigid in the cold. Both of my injuries have occurred around this time of year. Because of this after I closed my goal gripper, I dropped down more than planned to be safe and focus on volume more today. Next time I won't leave the grippers in the car.

Standing Barbell Overhead Press

2 warm up sets

145 lbs - 8x

160 lbs - 6x

175 lbs - 4x

185 lbs - 3x

200 lbs - 2x

205 lbs - 1x

165 lbs - 10x. Argh. I did two more reps with 10 lbs more last time with more weight on previous sets. Everything is moving slow also. Hopefully I bounce back from this infection soon. 

Machine Rear Laterals

100 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

Machine Side Laterals

70 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

Right Hand Grippers MMS

Several warm ups

Elite (RGC 165 lbs). 1X Easy Money with paused set. New Post Surgery PR. Video below

MM1 (RGC 160 lbs). 1x. So the plan was sets of doubles but the cold grippers and my cold hands got me worried as I mentioned above so I decided to play it safe and drop and get more volume. 

COC #3 (RGC 153 lbs) - 3 sets of triples

COC #3  (RGC 141 lbs) - 3 sets of triples

COC #2.5 (RGC 133 lbs) - 3 sets of 5x

GHP 5 - 3 sets of 10x

 

Note - Next gripper to conquer is my 172 lb COC #3.5. Think I will wait at least 2 sessions though and increase volume in the time being to be safe. Also, I really need to make sure the grippers are warm and so are my hands. Onward and upward! 

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Rough couple days at work....rough. Was going to hit the gym but I cancelled it and Plan to make it up Friday with my training partners.

 

tonight I’m focusing on wine drop set curls........🤪

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Oh man. I’m behind the log again. So I took my last antibiotic Thursday morning and the leg is back to normal size. Still a little redness that has to die down though. I worked out that week but my workouts weren’t great. Energy and strength were low. I really started to hit it again this weekend and I’m starting to get back into a groove. I’ll start logging again this week but I want to log my gripper work from yesterday because it was an amazing session:

Sunday 11/24/19

Right Hand MMS Grippers

several warm up closes.

172 lb COC #3.5 - 4 easy singles with paused sets. Hell ya! New post surgery PR.  I was hesitate about trying this today. I had my finger taped during warmups but it was hindering my close so I ditched the tape and wow. It was so easy I had to check and make sure I grabbed the right gripper. Video of the first close below.

165 lb Elite - 3 singles. No problem 

153 lb COC #3 - 3 sets of triples 

147 lb GHP 7 - 3 sets of triples

141 lb COC #3 - 3 sets of 5x

Note - just super shocked how fast my crush is coming back. Really happy. Way ahead of schedule.

 

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took my last antibiotic last Thursday and I can tell its making a difference. My energy is back and strength is coming back quickly. Just had a great back and shoulder workout this weekend (still lower weights than before the infection but I am on the way up). Going to start logging again this week. Been lifting the entire time but the numbers haven't been great while battling the cellulitis. Feel like its behind me now and I am getting back in the groove. looking forward to kicking some butt again.  

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Going to log today’s workout probably in the morning cause I’m exhausted right now. Been working 7 days a week. but I am totally back in the groove after the cellulitis. Great shoulder and gripper workout today. Set another post surgery gripper PR by killing my 174 lb RGC rated RB 280 for three straight singles. Here is the first close:

 

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Time to start logging again. Great back and thick bar workout tonight. 

Deadlifts 

4 warm up sets

335 lbs - 2x

365 lbs - 2x

395 lbs - 2x

425 lbs - 2x. Crushed it easy. Talking to my partner during it. Post surgery PR. 

365 lbs - 3x

2.5” crusher lifts

3 warm up sets each hand 

117.5 lbs - 3 sets of triples each hand 

112.5 lbs - 3 sets of triples each hand 

Lat Pull Downs with 2.25” grips

150 lbs - 8x

160 lbs - 8x

170 lbs - 8x

180 lbs - 8x

Medium Grip Cable Rows with 2.25” grips

150 lbs - 8x

170 lbs - 2 sets of 8x

190 lbs - 8x

Notes - all the thick bar work is the heaviest since surgery. Tomorrow is OHP day and I’ll throw in extra tricep work. Let’s Go!

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another fantastic workout with my strength raising again:

Standing Overhead Shoulder Press

6 warm up sets

225 lbs - Single. Easy money. My lockout strength is coming back nicely

215 lbs - 3 sets of doubles. These moved fast. Felt dam good. More weight next week

140 lbs - 10x

160 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

Straight Bar Tricep Pressdowns

150 lbs (Whole Stack) - 4 sets of 12x. trying to get extra triceps work in on shoulder day. It is feeling great. 

Machine Rear Laterals

130 lbs - 8x

140 lbs - 8x

150 lbs - 8x

Seated Machine Side Laterals

110 lbs - 12x

130 lbs - 12x

150 lbs - 12x

Leg Press Single Leg Calf Extensions 

80 lbs - 4 sets of 30x each leg. Feel like I am finally making progress with the achilles tendonitis and the only way I have been doing it is with light weight so I gottta keep it light to stretch the area. 

 

Note - love being back at it and gaining strength by the week. Time to start kicking some ass again

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Great chest and arms session tonight. 

Flat Barbell Bench Press

7 warm up sets 

315 lbs - completely destroyed. That might be the fastest and easiest 315 has ever moved. My spotter asked why I didn’t try a second rep and it because I’m saving it for maxing next week.

275 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 3x

295 lbs - 3x

245 lbs - 9x. Half way up on the 10th cause my triceps are fried 

Incline Barbell Bench Press

205 lbs - 5x

225 lbs - 5x

245 lbs - 4x, slight spot on the 5th cause my tris are just shot

Smith Machine Barbell Floor Press with a pause at the bottom each rep

285 lbs - 3x

305 lbs - 1x. Half way up on the 2nd

315 lbs - 1x

Machine Pec Deck Flys with pauses with the handles touching 

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

250 lbs (whole stack) - 10x

Machine Single Arm Bicep Curls

155 lbs - 2 sets of 10x each arm

155 lbs - 2 sets of 8x each arm

Machine Single Arm Tricep Ext

140 lbs - 4 sets of 8 each arm 

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gotta update the log with this weekends workouts but Really happy with the gripper work today. Worked up to 3 sets of MMS doubles with my 175 GHP 8. Here is the first one where I just missed the 3rd rep (would have gotten the 3rd if I wasn't pausing the sets and closes and holding the gripper in frame)

 

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24 minutes ago, Chez said:

gotta update the log with this weekends workouts but Really happy with the gripper work today. Worked up to 3 sets of MMS doubles with my 175 GHP 8. Here is the first one where I just missed the 3rd rep (would have gotten the 3rd if I wasn't pausing the sets and closes and holding the gripper in frame)

 

* the click * 

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Very impressive comeback Chez! Big-time Crush power

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On 12/22/2019 at 8:11 PM, AdamTGlass said:

* the click * 

 

16 hours ago, Kluv#0 said:

Very impressive comeback Chez! Big-time Crush power

 

14 hours ago, Joseph Sullivan said:

Up on the roof top, click click click, down to the gripper .... Chez ...click click click 

Thanks Fellas. Been working crazy hours. But leaving work early to attempt a bench press PR tomorrow. Going to give it everything I got!

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