An Update!

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” 
― Kahlil Gibran

First:

A big shout out to some amazing people in my life. Two awesome friends, a.k.a The Best Family, came by yesterday and helped me with some grocery shopping. But there is more, they cooked my food for the week AND did my laundry. Truly amazing and kind people. They did all that because I merely mentioned how much I wanted to get back on my diet, yet it was hard to cook while on crutches. 

You guys are awesome and I am forever in your debt. 

Today, I was able to go to the gym and had an awesome Chest and Biceps workout. I tweaked it a bit to suite my current state. Here is what I did:

I usually superset all my exercises to save on time. This is still a major factor now since everything takes twice as long. But I also wanted to be able to do less exercises (sadly) but have a big impact. I decided to stick with free weights, even though it proved challenging to move the weights back and forth between the racks and the bench. I did a massive superset:

Superset 1:

  • Flat Dumbbell Bench Press:
    • 30Lbs x 20 reps 
    • 20Lbs x 20 reps
    • 15Lbs x 20 reps
    • (each of the above followed by 10-15 reps of Flys without a break)
  • Seated Dumbbell Biceps Curl:
    • 30Lbs x 15 reps
    • 20Lbs x 15 reps
    • 15Lbs x 15 reps

The above was repeated for 3 sets. 

Superset 2:

  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press:
    • 30Lbs x 20 reps 
    • 20Lbs x 20 reps
    • 15Lbs x 20 reps
    • (each of the above followed by 10-15 reps of Flys without a break)
  • Preacher Biceps Dumbbell Curl:
    • 30Lbs x 15 reps
    • 20Lbs x 15 reps
    • 15Lbs x 15 reps

Also repeated for 3 sets. 

By the time I was done, my pecs and biceps were toast… in a good way 🙂

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 17th, I go back to the doctor’s to take the cast off and replace it with the surgical boot. I have mixed feelings about this. 

I kinda hate the boot since it is pretty darn heavy to hop around on crutches. But on the bright side, it means that the end of this is nigh. Woohoo.

And with that, I’ll leave you with pictures of my cast post decorations courtesy of my friends and co-workers.

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On day three, faith in humanity is increasing!

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“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Gibran Khalil Gibran

Today was my shoulders training day at the gym… That went great and all, but really the important thing was the people at the gym.

On my way to the bench, my towel slipped and was about to fall off my shoulder. While trying to pull a balancing act on my crutches and keep the towel from falling one of my crutches hit the floor. Before I can do anything 2 people ran up to me and helped me out. 

After getting to the bench, I went to grab a couple of dumbbells and a guy, probably around my age, runs up to me and helps me out and takes the dumbbells and sets up by the bench.

Then again at the end of my workout, I had 3 sets of dumbbells at my bench and I started rolling them towards the rack (I re-rack my weights no matter what!) This older gentleman run up to me and says “Working out with a broken foot is dedication, but trying to re-rack your weights afterwards is a whole other level. Let me do that for you, please!”

Made my day!

“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.” – Albert Einstein 

 

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Training Day 2

Just a quick update today. 

I went to the gym for my Back and Triceps workout this morning. It was a lot harder than I expected. The triceps workouts I like to do, and too stubborn to give up, all require me to be standing up. 

It was hard, but it was so rewarding at the end of the workout when I looked back and realized I conquered yet another challenge.

I kept on thinking about this a bit: FOCUS!! And boy, did it take a lot of focusing to get through today’s workout!

I gotta say, my core was engaged to the max like never before… certainly not like any back and triceps session from before!

 

One addition, I realized my man purse solution for the water bottle was pretty extremely efficient for 2 reasons:

  1. I run out of water pretty fast and waste a lot of time hopping around the gym to refill the water.
  2. Yesterday, when I went to refill the water, there was a couple of drops of water on the floor and I almost slipped!

I came across my CamelBack last night and decided to use it at the gym even if I looked like a fool… and it reminded me of this:

“It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream, 
For the adventure of being alive.” – excerpt from the poem The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

And so, I went on with my CamelBack to the gym and, though, I didn’t look around I was sure I got some interesting looks. Oh well, I got my workout in and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Shoulders workout.

Cheers,

~m

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First Training On Crutches

I had decided that I will not give in to my temporary handicap. There was no way It will come between me and my training and weightlifting.

That being said, I woke up this morning and packed my water bottle in a bag made to carry an iPad (yes, a man purse) and off I went. The 1 mile drive was not fun, but I made it.

Now was the time for the real challenge, actually working out. Typically, Monday is my Legs & Shoulders day at the gym, considering my current condition I had to change that to Chest & Biceps (Monday is internation chest day after all!)

I had already planned my workout. I knew there was no way I can manage lifting my normal weights. I used to do 80 lbs dumbbells by 12-15 reps for 3 sets for the incline bench press and 75 lbs for flat bench press. So I decided to go with 50% weight and twice as many reps.

Getting the dumbbells off of the rack and rolling them over to the bench made for an entertaining, sometime hairy experience but it was all good.

I was able to do my bench press and incline bench press with seated dumbbell curls and preacher curls 30-40 reps each set for 4 sets total (oh yeah, I’ll be sore tomorrow!)

It was hard, it was challenging but during my workout a couple of people came up to me and said “Now that is dedication, we are impressed!”

Needless to say, I am humbled, but proud. I feel accomplished and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Back and Triceps workout.

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