Getting back to being a scary lightweight

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  1. HockeyBjj

    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    So after losing weight (60 pounds) and being in the best shape of my life 2-3 years ago, not being able to train consistently lead to not caring about what I was eating. Then with shoulder surgery looming and then during recovery I tried to diet and shed a couple pounds, but the give a damn wasn't there and i gained more during that ordeal.

    But- Now I'm done with college, have a great full time job starting next week, am in a town with a legit bjj/mma gym, and want to compete again. This is the log to hold me accountable in the weight room. Diet, working out, and training all go together for me. If I start slipping with one, I start slipping with them all; and time to lift is often the hardest to come by for me.

    Current goals:
    -Get bodyweight from start of 183 to 163 (my height is 5'8")
    -Recover lost strength, especially in upper body, but shoulder surgery 5 months ago also limited the amount I could work out with my legs

    Lifting plan to achieve this
    Monday-
    Deadlift 3x3 (+10 lbs from last week's weight)
    Decline weighted situps
    Squat 3x5 @ 90-95% current week's weight
    Hanging leg raises
    Assistance as needed for sticking points/as recovery allows

    Tuesday-
    Strict Overhead Press 3x5 (+5 pounds weekly)
    Pull ups 3xburnout
    Bench press 3x5 @ 90-95%
    Pendlay rows 3x5
    Assistance

    Thursday-
    Squat 3x5 (+10 Pounds)
    back extensions
    Deadlift 3x3 @90-95%
    Core wheel
    assistance

    Friday-
    Bench Press 3x5 +5 pounds
    Pendlay rows 3x5 +3-5 pounds
    Overhead Press 3x5 @90-95%
    Pull-ups 3x even number each set
    Brocep curls and tricep rope or dips (because it's Friday) 3x8-12

    So that's the plan. with possibly (now that I think about it likely) starting at my light 8 rep rehab weight for Press and Bench, and being aggressive with the weight increases and allowing that to push the reps down to 5 over a few weeks or a month. I'm waiting to see how my schedule of when I get out of work, works in with the schedule at the training gym. I may try again at lifting in the AM before work if I don't need to be in until 8. Odds are good I get in 3 days a week, but keep this cycle of which workout.

    PRs
    Deadlift- 455
    Bench- 285
    Press- 185
    Squat- 385
    Others were in July last year just before my surgery, this squat one was back in HS football when I was a body weight of an unsightly 220, and before I broke my ankle for a second time.
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Got into the gym today. Commercial one of course, but they have two squat racks I'm hoping don't get completely filled up during rush hours. Plus they have a location near my apartment and another near my work, so I'll see which one works best.

    Only gonna log my main 6 lifts for simplicity sake.

    Morning bodyweight- 182,6
    Deadlift. 135 and 225 x 5 warmups. 3x3 @ 315
    Squat- 135 warmup, 3x5 @ 225

    Wow. My squat regressed a ton. Until today, I haven't had the flexibility in my right shoulder to hold the bar on my back. This was my first time back squatting since July. I've been doing some leg press, and in November I was front squatting. This was my first time in the gym at all since the first couple days of December, so I'm hoping things explode up even with watching what I'm eating closely. I'm actually gonna not actually track what I'm eating, unless the scale is stalling out on me or I have no energy and feel that's the culprit. Those shouldn't even have a possibility of happening for at least a month.
     
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    Good luck with the goals man. I'm hoping to be fighting at 145lbs again soon- the weight loss struggle is a real one.
     
  4. HockeyBjj

    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    So as mentioned, I got clearance to actually lift lift. It felt fucking great. 0 Problems with my shoulder, other than my Right going up slightly slower than my left on the last reps, as if my Left was the dominant one. No stability issues whatsoever

    Tuesday, 1/20/15
    Morning weight- 176.4 (Nice to see a lot of bloat coming off as I get done with the sweets)

    Strict overhead Press 65x8 and 85x8 for warmups, 3x5 @ 115lbs for work. Warmups felt easy, so I jumped to the 35s on each side and was pleasantly surprised that it felt good.

    Pull-ups burnout- 10,6,4 This sucked. Aw well

    Bench assistance- 8 reps @ 135, 3x5 @205

    Pendlay barbell row- 5 reps @ 115. 3x5 @145

    Did some shoulder stabilty work from rehab as well

    Later in the evening, I went to the bjj/kickboxing/mma gym in the area for the first time. Guys seemed really nice, even though I showed up late for Bjj as I had the times wrong from online. Oops. Bit frustrating, as I got handled by 2 blues and a purple (yes, I'm a white belt, but an experienced one and I like to think I can hold my own with most blues). I trained in the gi often enough at that little club in college, but I'm not used to going against guys who are really good in the gi and make it part of their game. Kickboxing was after that, and I felt more comfortable hitting the pads in combos than I normally did. Still a beginner there.

    This was all yesterday, and damn am I fucking sore this morning. My legs still have bad bad DOMS from Monday. Definitely not lifting today, gonna just go to the training gym in the evening. On time this time.
     
  5. HockeyBjj

    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Damn. I'm still sore from deadlift and more so the Squats on Monday. This sucks. But I forced myself to the gym anyway. Even my upper body is sore, and that never happens

    1/23/15
    Morning weight: 178.6 (I fluctuate so much)

    Squat- 135 & 185 x5 for warm-ups
    245 3x5 that felt really good
    Deadlift 135 and 225 x5 warm up
    315 3x3. This was difficult after the Squats, but glad I went for it
    Also did 2 ab exercises, and some calf raises

    Forgot to bring long pants for deadlift. Damn it. Scraped the hell out of my shins. Drew a little blood on the right

    Didn't front squat like I'd really like to do on squat days due to wanting to walk tomorrow.

    In the evening. I did an hour of bjj, hour of mma consisting of takedowns against a cage, and an hour of kickboxing. Holy fuck was I tired after that long day but it feels great after a long layoff
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    No workout today. Really wanted to get to the training gym because Friday is sparring day, but the radiator on my Jeep died. $550 that I don't have, as I won't get my first paycheck for 3 more weeks. Awesome

    Morning weight was 176.6
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    So I've got a bandaid on the vehicle problem. They couldn't get my Jeep running with just a new radiator. I rented a car to get to my parents and the old beater I drove in high school. 280,000 miles and leaks oil, trans fluid, and coolant but gets me to the gyms and work for now

    Morning weight- probably too much, didn't step on the scale. Had breaded walleye, french fries, and beer out at a local place with my dad. Then my mom made pancakes before I left in the morning again. Aw well.

    Bench- 135x5, 185x5, 205 3x5
    Pendlay row- 145 3x5
    Strict press- 65x5, 95 3x5- went light as its my second lift, and wanted to double check everything felt smooth after the decent load on Thursday. And as mentioned, feeling pretty shitty mentally and physically today.
    Pull ups- 7,7,7
    Some arm bullshit afterwords
     
  8. nkfpanda

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    Nice blog. I just had two knee surgeries and I'm just getting back into it. Minus the bjj, I'm done now after these surgeries haha. I packed on the lbs too I'm afraid.
     
  9. HockeyBjj

    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Thanks man. I wish there was less griping about petty personal problems in here but aw well. It helps throw perspective on things and that it's all just short things here.

    Monday 1/26/28

    Yep. Jeep is dead dead. Scrapping it for $325 and still gonna owe 200 on the damn thing. Aw well, what can you do. I'm just thankful for my family and that amazing Mazda that is still running.

    Deadlift- 135x5, 225x5, 335-3x5
    Decline sit-ups- [email protected]
    Squat- 135x5, 185x5, 225-3x5
    Hanging leg raises- 3x15 w/ 10lb dumbbell
    Dumbbell lunges- 3x5 each leg w/ 40s in each hand

    Legs not feeling sore at all this morning, they always drop off hard after a layoff but come back quick. Should be able to push them by 20 pounds a week for a bit here.
     
  10. HockeyBjj

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    Tuesday 1/27/15
    Morning weight- 179.6 wow. No more no fucks given weekends. Been 2 days and still 2.5 pounds heavy

    Strict overhead press- 65x5, 95x5, 125-3x5
    I'll do 135 next week. It'll be a grind, but the I'll go to 5 pound increments after that
    Pull ups 10,7,6
    Bench 135x5, 205-3x5
    Pendlay rows 145-3x5

    Had an hour bjj, hour kickboxing, hour mma.
    Gonna try a new training gym the rest of this week. I like everything about this place I did a week, except the low turnout. One day had 8 training partners, but the rest only 3 or 4
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Quiet for a while because I got injured, again. It's thrown me, almost depression like. It just seems that everytime I start doing good and training/working out consistently a part of me wears out again sending me back to surgery or rehab for 6 months.

    My left shoulder this time, not my right that had surgery on it. I based out to prevent being rolled after getting mount and felt it grind. Two days later it was still tight and sore. That was last Thursday. I haven't trained since then, and I also think holding the squat bar on my back was what hurt it so much worse after the initial jostle. Like that stretching was what cemented the damage.

    I'm praying it's just a muscle pull, but it's 6 days now and still hurts when I get to about 3/4 of my range of motion and even the weight of my coffee cup hurts if my arm isn't tight against my side. It feels so much like a torn labrum again I'm scared. I don't think I could handle it and I'd just give up sports and working out for good. I just turned 24 this Sunday. Fuck. But I spend 9 months of the year in some sort of injury recovery mode I've just been given cursed genetics and nothing I do will prevent injury and I'm not mentally strong enough to stay in shape during a layoff in a town where I'm new and have no friends so would just sit around bored all day after work.

    Once I figure out which hospital in the area is in my health insurance I'm gonna see a doc and see if they can tell if I need reconstructive surgery, on my fourth joint now. This is just such a load of unfair bullshit. I know millions out there have it far worse than me, I know, but I'm just tired of trying so hard and never getting anywhere.
     
  12. SexyMahnaz

    SexyMahnaz Green Belt

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    That really sucks man.

    I've got a bad lower back. I've hurt it 5+ times since I was a teenager to the point that it left me bedridden for days at a time, and months until I could sprint. I've pretty much accepted that if I want to be active, I need to do mobility work every day, or I'm just going to get hurt. I make it a higher priority than going to the gym.

    I don't know how much this'd help your particular injuries/weak points, but it's something to keep in mind. I hope you get some good news, good luck.
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Damn man, sorry to hear. This is what i was talking about when I knew I had no right to complain, but still felt shitty about the whole ordeal anyway. Glad it sounds like you haven't given up and are still doing what you can.

    Me- I hit the treadmill in my apartment complex's little fitness center after work yesterday (2/3/15). Just went 25 minutes at a 9 minute pace to make it easy and me wanting/willing to do it more. Plan is to increment 15 seconds pace per instance on the dreadmill until 8min/mile for that ~30 min legth (I use the run zombies app. Nice balance of story with still having my hard rock through the headphones). Goal on this thing would be to get to a 7 min/mile for 3 miles, and then extend that out to 5. Planning on going to the gym tomorrow (today) to do leg machines. so

    Tues 2/3/15
    Morning weight- 179.0 (Yeah, it's going up. Getting thrown off kilter right before the superbowl which was also my birthday led to one hell of a binge night, and the days before and after weren't pretty either)
    Treadmill- 25 mintes @ 9min pace for 2.75 miles

    edit: And I forgot to include this even though it's extremely important. There were like 3 instances while just jogging that my left shoulder hurt and felt instable and that sharp line of pain along the front of the shoulder. I'm doing the leg machines today so no jostling, and then getting in to see the doc Friday. I don't know if they'll just jump straight to the MRI machine to see if it's a tear (soft tissue can't be seen by x-ray sadly, MRI is expensive even with insurance) or if he'll be able to tell if it's just a pull or strain without that.
     
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    Yesterday
    Thurs 2/5/15
    Morning weight- 178.2
    Treadmill- 25 mins @ 8:40 pace for 2.85 miles

    Today's morning weight was 177.6, and then I went and half binged on vending machine bullshit. I don't even know why. I think I had 6 things from there. I just can't shake that urge no matter how much I hate myself for it.
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    So I went and saw the doc about my shoulder. It's just a bad pull, not actually a tear. I felt a little foolish but apparently I'm just paranoid and over reacted because of injuring my right so bad and this feeling similar. He said just rest, and then come back with a week of laughably light weights for upper body to see how it feels.

    Saturday 2/8/15
    Note that I can't squat again until that range of motion comes back, but I no longer feel like front squats or Deadlifts will make the injury worse

    Front Squat- 135x5, 185 3x5
    Deadlift- 135x5, 225x5, 315 3x3
    Leg Press- 360x5, 450 3x5
    Calf raises- [email protected]
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    And today is the first day I skip without a real excuse. Damn it. Just didn't feel like going and stupidly just let myself drive home after work.
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Made it today

    Deadlift- 135x5, 225x5, 335 3x5 and it felt good
    Front squat- 135x5, 185 3x5
    Some decline abs with 35#
    Dumbell lunges 3x10 with 40#ers
    Calf raises 375 12,15,15

    Seriously, why I let myself skip the gym even if I cut it short and feel I didn't give full effort is beyond me. I felt a little crummy coming in. I feel amazing right now.

    I think tomorrow will be my first baby my shoulders day. Gonna be embarrassing but whatever, I know no one here
     
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    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Did strict press 65 pounds, 3 sets of 10
    Bench 135 pounds, 3 sets of 10
    Did 2 sets of 6 pull ups

    We'll see how I feel tomorrow. Today as well, went to a different gym to show a girl the form of compound lifts like in starting Strength and strong lifts 5x5, as she'd been asking me at work about a strength plan. Hope it takes, she's a younger intern and something like this could really help her out

    Thanks a lot for the share. I checked it out, and many of the things are the same as the rehab I was on from my surgeon for my right so that's a really good sign. He has a few more things with Dumbells instead of the cable machine so I'll look at those variations
     

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