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The Bridge after recovering from an ankle fracture

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  • The Bridge after recovering from an ankle fracture

    In March, I suffered a lateral malleolus fracture playing hockey. At the time I was doing Starting Strength, and getting close to maxing out on my lifts.

    For context, my training looked like this the week leading up to the injury (age 29, BW 180):

    Squats: 290lbs for 3 sets of 5 (No failed sets yet)
    Deadlift: 350lbs for 1 set of 5 (No failed sets yet)
    Overhead press: 135lbs for 3 sets of 5 (Failed last rep)
    Bench press: 200lbs for 3 sets of 5 (Failed 4th rep)

    12 weeks after my injury, my presses have gotten better but I'm still recovering on the squat and deadlift. Squat yesterday was 225 lbs (with no ankle pain), and deadlift was 315. I'm comfortable adding 10 lbs every workout on both the squat and deadlift.

    My question is: Should I be starting The Bridge now or should I wait until my squat and deadlift are at the level they were pre-injury?

    Thanks for your time, and looking forward to doing the program.

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    That sounds like a rough stretch, but glad to hear you're doing better now. I think The Bridge or our Beginner Template would be good for you and would prefer either over LP.

    That said, if you wanted to return to LP you could do that too and I wouldn't fight you on it.

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