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Fell behind in the log but it’s because I strained something in my left armpit on the outside of my left pec. It actually happened on a heavy set of deadlifts. I felt the pull. I then felt it again on Bench the following week. The good news is that there is no bruising and I have already had a bench, deadlift and overhead press session without feeling it so I’m confident it’s just a strain/pull. I kept the sessions light though and will continue to do so with a slow ramp up. This has happened before and this strategy got me past it and last time it felt way worse so I’m glad about that. I’ll start by logging my gripper work yesterday which went very well:

Sunday 1/5/20

Right Hand MMS Grippers

Several warm ups

180 lb RGC COC #3.5 - 3 singles. Nice. Last one was the best cause I called a friend over to judge and I always get pumped up when someone watches so I slammed that one. 

172 lb COC #3.5 - 3 doubles. 

165 lb Elite - 3 triples

153 lb COC #3 - 3 sets of 5 

133 lb COC #2.5 - 3 sets of 10. Don’t usually go this high rep but I wanted to condition the tendon 

Note - no video of the 180 close because I forgot my camera at home and my phone was dead. I will probably have to start working hard now that I am in the 180s again. That’s were the hard work has always started in the past. My natural ability always gets me to the 180 mark fairly easy. Super excited though cause I never thought I would have gotten to this point so quickly after the surgery.

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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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still working, just haven't been logging. I am rehabbing a pec strain (Which I first felt on deadlifts and then really felt the next chest session) so I started back super light on presses and deads and ramping up each week so the weight lifting numbers aren't really worth logging. This is what I did last time this happened it worked like a charm. Just need to check the ego at the door until it clears. I have to start logging this week though. I'll be logging full workouts again this Wednesday, the numbers will still be low but not as crazy low. 

Tonight I hit Right Hand MMS grippers and set a new post Surgery PR by closing my RB 330 (RGC 182 lbs). This wasn't easy though and was the first close of my comeback that wasn't. I actually missed it the first two times by a hair and had to regroup and dig deep to get it on the third and it wasn't a dominating close. The handles touched for a moment and then broke open by a hair as you will see from the video. I have been coasting till this point. I got back to 180 quickly based on my natural ability and muscle memory (I flew quickly to this level the first time and every time I have recovered from injury). 180 is usually the range where I have to start to working hard. Let the fun begin.

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard ... is what makes it great."

Here is the video of the close:

 

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Nicely done! 

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8 hours ago, HandsofStone said:

Nicely done! 

Thanks dude 

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Have to get back to regular logging. Chest and arms last night. Still slowly ramping up on chest to rehab the pec strain but it’s feeling better 

Barbell Bench Press

3 warm up sets 

225 - 10 sets of triples 

Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

75 lb DBs - 10x

80 lb DBs - 10x 

85 lb DBs - 10x

90 lb DBs - 8x

Machine Pec Deck Flys 

170 lbs - 4 sets of 20x

Triceps Rope Pull Downs

100 lbs - 15x

100 lbs - 2 sets of 10x

100 lbs - 8x

One Arm Machine Bicep Curls 

2 warm ups

155 lbs - 4 sets of 10x each arm

 

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Today’s training. Shoulders and crusher and a little bit of wrist work. Still rehabbing the pec strain so still ramping up and it affects my shoulder work also.

Standing Overhead Barbell Press

3 warm up sets

175 lbs - 10 sets of triples 

2.5” Crusher Lifts 

127.5 lbs - 3 singles each hand. Heaviest since the surgery

117.5 lbs - 3 doubles each hand

107.5 lbs - 3 triples each hand

102.5 lbs - 3 sets of 5x each hand 

102.5 lbs - 3 lifts with 10 second holds each hand 

Strict double hand plate wrist curls over a bench 

25 lb Plate - 20x, 15x, 15x 

Strict double hand reverse barbell curls forearms on knees 

30 lbs - 3 sets of 15x

Machine Reverse Laterals

120 lbs - 3 sets of 10x

Machine Single Arm Triceps Extensions 

125 lbs - 3 sets of 15x each arm 

Seated Machine Side laterals

110 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x 

 

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Yesterday’s workout:

Deadlifts 

4 warm ups all without the wrist wrap hooks working up to the most weight without them since surgery. Felt good

335 lbs - 4 sets of triples 

Lat Pull Downs with 2.25 yes 4 all grips 

150 lbs - 10x

160 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 8x

180 lbs - 8x

Medium Grip Cable Rows with the yes 4 all grips 

150 lbs - 8x

170 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

Lying Hamstring Curls

95 lbs - 3 sets of 10x

Leg Extensions 

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

 

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and of course I fell behind in the log again this week. Oh well, lets just post the major highlight today and try to stay on track with posting. I again hit a major Post Surgery PR on Grippers by Slamming my hard MM3 Replica at 186 lbs RGC. I felt the handles grind and talked to the camera. This felt dam good. Only my 13th gripper session. I couldn't have imagined coming back this fast from hand surgery, especially since I have been holding back and slow playing it. This is the first time I really amped myself up and let it rip since the surgery. I also believe I closed it for a second single but it was close. The first close ripped some skin off my palm where the handle rests, and after that a tear opened up on my pinky and set finger so I had to take some pain to finish out the workout. Its february and I had my surgery last february so its time to start upping the intensity and really go for it. Going to be a fun year.

"Prepare for glory!"

Here is that first close:

Here is the damage I took and had to endure to finish the workout: 

 

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“Bleed for this”

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Hell yeah bro! That's some pretty intense shit right there! I can't really tell from the picture but are you going to need to some stitches on that index finger PIP joint?? When I saw that pic, it just made my flexor digitorum profundus & superficialis WEAK as hell.. Get that finger some attention bro! The sooner you do that, the sooner that MM9 will GO DOWN!

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18 hours ago, HandsofStone said:

Hell yeah bro! That's some pretty intense shit right there! I can't really tell from the picture but are you going to need to some stitches on that index finger PIP joint?? When I saw that pic, it just made my flexor digitorum profundus & superficialis WEAK as hell.. Get that finger some attention bro! The sooner you do that, the sooner that MM9 will GO DOWN!

Thanks bud. I am feeling great. Last night I was watching a movie and made a fist and my crush just felt nasty strong. It’s been a while but I remember that feeling and it feels dam good. The finger actually looked worse than it is. The bleeding stopped by the time I left the gym and a coworker was amazed it was completely healed the next day. I have always been a quick healer, just wish I could avoid the injuries to begin with. During my first gripper run, I was stubborn and didn’t tape my set finger and my set finger got real bad to the point I couldn’t even set a decent sized gripper without pain. During my first comeback, I started tapping it at the beginning of each session so I can do volume mms with heavy grippers. This cut got right in between the tape though. 

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Best Chest and arms session in a while. Still ramping up and rehabbing the pec strain but I didn’t feel it last night and the weights were moving much easier.

Flat Barbell Bench Press

4 warm up sets 

245 - 10 sets of triples. A guy I haven’t seen in a while came over and comment how easy the weight looked to me and I explained I’m rehabbing a strain so I have to leave my ego at home right now and slowly ramp up.

Incline Barbell Bench Press

195 lbs - 5x

215 lbs - 5x

235 lbs - 5x

Smith Machine Floor Press

255 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 3x

295 lbs - 2x

Machine Pec Deck Flys

170 lbs - 10x

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

Preacher EZ Bar Curls 

1 warm up 

70 lbs - 10x

90 lbs - 8x

100 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8x

Preacher Single Arm Hammer Dumbbell Curls

30 lb DB - 10x each arm

35 lb DB - 10x each arm

40 lbs DB - 2 sets of 10x each arm

Straight Bar Tricep Pushdowns 

150 lbs stack plus 35 lb plate pinned to stack - 4 sets of 10x

 

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Those wounds invite all kinds of trouble. Be careful. It looks like you aren't prepared enough.

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3 hours ago, Chez said:

 

Flat Barbell Bench Press

4 warm up sets 

245 - 10 sets of triples. A guy I haven’t seen in a while came over and comment how easy the weight looked to me and I explained I’m rehabbing a strain so I have to leave my ego at home right now and slowly ramp up.

 

 

"Weight looks easy," says someone giving you a compliment.

"Yeah, I know, but I'm rehabbing an injury, so I can't push myself too hard or too fast," answers the humble guy, in case someone thinks he's taking it easy.

Love it.  Your rehab is an inspiration. 💪

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6 hours ago, Goran Paulinič said:

Those wounds invite all kinds of trouble. Be careful. It looks like you aren't prepared enough.

I appreciate the concern but it really wasn't that bad. Just made the rest of the training session a little painful. My hand is already healed and I am looking forward to next session. I have had much worse before. I have friends who are elite steel bends and they really tear their hands up doing volume bends. If I am going to cert the MM8, I am going to have to push myself hard this year and go through some brutal training sessions and I have already mentally prepared for that. 

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4 hours ago, bdckr said:

"Weight looks easy," says someone giving you a compliment.

"Yeah, I know, but I'm rehabbing an injury, so I can't push myself too hard or too fast," answers the humble guy, in case someone thinks he's taking it easy.

Love it.  Your rehab is an inspiration. 💪

Thank you! Means a lot to me. 

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Just got back from a great Shoulders and Crusher workout:

Standing Overhead Barbell Press

4 warm ups

190 lbs - 10 sets of triples. Every rep moved well. Ramping up nicely

Slick 2.5" Crusher Lifts

3 warm ups

130 lbs - 3 singles each hand

120 lbs - 2 doubles each hand

110 lbs - 3 triples each hand

110 lbs - 3 singles with 10 second holds each hand

Triceps Rope Pulldowns

110 lbs - 4 sets of 10x

Seated Dumbbell Side Laterals

25 lb DBs - 4 sets of 10x

Seated Machine Rear Laterals

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 8x

150 lbs - 8x

Yellow Exercise Bar Front Levers

3 sets of 10x each hand

Yellow Exercise Bar Rear Levers

3 sets of 10x each hand

Little Exercise Bar Supination/Pronation

Full Length - 3 sets of 10x each hand

 

Little post workout Wine with 2 protein bars and then off to work on my presentation due Monday. 

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Good back session. Continuing to ramp up after getting derailed from cellulitis and then the tendon strain: 

Deadlifts 

4 warm up sessions

315 lbs - 3x

335 lbs - 3x

355 lbs - 3x

385 lbs - 3x

Lat Pulldowns with yes 4 all grips

150 lbs - 10x

160 lbs - 10x 

170 lbs - 10x

180 lbs - 10x

Medium Grip cable rows with yes 4 all grips

150 lbs - 8x

170 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

Lying Hamstring Curls 

95 lbs - 8x

110 lbs - 8 

125 lbs - 8x

140 lbs - 8x

Leg Extensions

125 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

155 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 10x

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Had my quarterly board report at work today which went well and then straight to the gym after work. I am continuing to ramp up from a strain/pull I felt in left armpit weeks ago and tonight was a great step forward. I increased the weight in everything and it felt easy and I didn't feel the strain at all so the rehab is going well. 

Flat Barbell Bench Press

4 warm up sets

255 lbs - 10 sets of triples. Every rep felt smooth and easy. no discomfort. Another 10 lbs next week

Incline Barbell Bench Press

205 lbs - 5x 

225 lbs - 5x

240 lbs - 5x. Felt good. I'll increase the weight this set a little more next week. 

Smith Machine Floor Press - Pause at the bottom each rep

255 lbs - 3x

275 lbs - 3x

295 lbs - 3x. Got the 3rd rep I missed last week while doing more weight on the previous 2 exercises as well so that is a win. 

Machine Pec Deck Flys

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

230 lbs - 10x

250 lbs (whole stack) - 10x. Back to the whole stack and no issues. 

Chambered Bar Tricep Push Downs 

150 lbs (Whole Stack) + 45 lb Weight Plate pinned to it - 4 sets of 8x

Seated Single Arm Machine Bicep Curls

2 warm ups

155 lbs - 4 sets of 10x

 

Note - Feel like I am getting back in the groove. Need to stay smart and injury free. One week at a time. This is my year. onward and upwards. 

 

 

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Today's training went well. Continuing to ramp up. 

Standing Overhead Barbell Press

4 warm ups

195 lbs - 10 sets of triples

Rope Triceps Pull downs

110 lbs - 4 sets of 10x

Seated Dumbbell Side Laterals

30 lb DBs - 4 sets of 8x

Machine Rear Laterals

120 lbs - 10x

130 lbs - 10x

140 lbs - 10x

150 lbs - 10x

1 Hand Flask Pinch

Warm ups

78.5 lbs - 1x each hand

76 lbs - 2 singles each hand

66 lbs - double each hand

68.5 lbs - 2 doubles each hand

58.5 lbs - 3 triples each hand

58.5 lbs - 3 singles with 10 second holds each hand

4" Sorinex Pinch Block

warm ups

50.5 lbs - 3 singles each hand

45.5 lbs - 3 doubles each hand

40.5 lbs - 3 triples each hand

40.5 lbs - 3 singles with 10 second holds each hand

 

Grippers tomorrow 😈

 

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Just a fantastic workout today. Felt real strong on grippers and squats. Hit yet another post Surgery gripper PR!

Barbell Back Squats

3 warm ups - and gripper warm ups between these and the working squat sets

205 lbs - 8x

225 lbs - 8x

245 lbs - 8x

265 lbs - 8x

- Every set was super easy. More weight next week. 

Right Hand MMS Grippers

Warm ups during squats

190 RGC MM5 Replica (Feels like the real one) - Completely destroyed for 3 straight singles with over crush holds! Goal today was just closing it once and I annihilated this gripper today. Crush is feeling dam strong! Video of the first close below. 

180 RGC COC 3.5 - single. 

174 RGC RB 280 - 3 doubles

165 RGC Elite - 3 triples

153 RGC COC #3 - 3 sets of 8x. Gripper cardio. Need to go heavier this set next time 

RB Adjustable Gripper Right Hand Crush Negatives 

Level 4 - 10 second hold

Level 4.5 - 10 second hold

Level 5 - 10 second hold

- First time doing negatives since the surgery. Starting super light to be cautious. This was easy. More next time. 

Preacher Curl Single Arm Dumbbell Hammer Curls 

30 lb DB - 10x each arm

35 lb DB - 10x each arm

40 lb DB - 10x each arm

45 lb DB - 10x each arm

50 lb DB - 8x each arm

Lat Pull Downs

150 lbs - 10x

170 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

Medium Width Cable Rows

170 lbs - 8x

190 lbs - 8x

210 lbs - 8x

230 lbs - 8x

Lying Hamstring Curls

95 lbs - 10x

110 lbs - 10x

125 lbs - 2 sets of 8x

 

Here is the first MM5 Replica Close:

Next Workout I will Attempt my 194.5 RGC Super Elite which feels just like the real MM6. Let's Go!

 

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Great Bench Session Today. Continuing to get my strength back:

Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups

265 lbs - 10 sets of triples. No problemo. Every rep was smooth. 

Barbell Incline Bench Press

205 lbs - 5x

225 lbs - 5x

245 lbs - 5x

Smith Machine Floor Press - Each rep paused at the bottom

265 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 3x

305 lbs - 2x

Machine Pec Deck Flys

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

230  lbs -10x

250 lbs (whole stack) - 10x

Chambered Bar Push Downs

150 lbs (Whole Stack) + 45 lb Plate - 4 sets of 10x

Preacher Curls w/ EZ Curl Bar

75 lbs - 8x

95 lbs - 8x

105 lbs - 8x

115 lbs - 6x

70 lbs - 15x

 

Feeling Great. More next week. 

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20 minutes ago, Chez said:

Great Bench Session Today. Continuing to get my strength back:

Barbell Bench Press

4 warm ups

265 lbs - 10 sets of triples. No problemo. Every rep was smooth. 

Barbell Incline Bench Press

205 lbs - 5x

225 lbs - 5x

245 lbs - 5x

Smith Machine Floor Press - Each rep paused at the bottom

265 lbs - 3x

285 lbs - 3x

305 lbs - 2x

Machine Pec Deck Flys

190 lbs - 10x

210 lbs - 10x

230  lbs -10x

250 lbs (whole stack) - 10x

Chambered Bar Push Downs

150 lbs (Whole Stack) + 45 lb Plate - 4 sets of 10x

Preacher Curls w/ EZ Curl Bar

75 lbs - 8x

95 lbs - 8x

105 lbs - 8x

115 lbs - 6x

70 lbs - 15x

 

Feeling Great. More next week. 

this is my first attempt with a gripper over 180. This is a CPW 365 rated at 193. Its the one with the different handle widths. Which made it seem more difficult! 

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6 minutes ago, Stephen Anderson said:

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Strong man and you didn't get a good set either. You were way wider than MMS. I never liked those thin handles. They actually use to make them with both handles like that. The thought was it made a tighter close like beyond the range, easy than filing the inside of the handle. The problem is that it concentrates the same force in a smaller area making it more painful. Filing the inside is way better, you get the beyond the range with the same surface area touching your hand. 

Keep up the strong work man. I attempt my 194.5 super elite next which feels just like the real MM6

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19 minutes ago, Chez said:

Strong man and you didn't get a good set either. You were way wider than MMS. I never liked those thin handles. They actually use to make them with both handles like that. The thought was it made a tighter close like beyond the range, easy than filing the inside of the handle. The problem is that it concentrates the same force in a smaller area making it more painful. Filing the inside is way better, you get the beyond the range with the same surface area touching your hand. 

Keep up the strong work man. I attempt my 194.5 super elite next which feels just like the real MM6

Good luck brother!

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