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  • gymdad150
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    7/17/22

    1st Cycle / Week Two - reps/sets

    Squat -
    Singles at 125/135kg; down sets at 100kg 8*3; Belt Squats at 130lbs 10*3. Some upper body accessory work, along with single leg sets. Handled the volume a bit better this week.

    Bench -
    Paused Singles at 85/90kg *1; T&G down sets at 72.5kg 8*3; 3 Board Singles at 72.5/82.5/92.5/97.5kg; Larsen Bench sets at 67.5kg 4*4. Lots of Bi's and Tri's work.
    Tired shoulders for the first time in a long time. The volume Low Bar work is to blame #conjecture

    Deadlift -
    Singles at 165/177.5kg; down sets at 155kg 8*3; Deficit Deads at 150kg 3*3. Finished with single leg work, and reverse hypers to get a little blood pumping into my low back.

    No Conditioning

    SBD SUNDAY -
    Tempt Pause SSSB, sets at 85kg 7*3; 5 Count Spoto, sets at 62.5kg 7*3,; Big Wheel Pulls, sets at 153kg 4*4

    The gym hosted a USAPL event, so no training Saturday. Lots of strong lifters, both men and women. Very motivating to say the least. I felt like hammered shit though...

    Into the second week of the Thyroid medication, and the placebo effect has worn off. I am having "better" days, but the "bad" days are just soul crushingly tiring...yesterday was one of those days.

    The kidney ultrasound came back clean, no evidence of any kidney damage AT ALL. I'm still off creatine and and any NSAIDS until my next blood test. Speaking of which, I'm going to attempt to goose the doctor, so as to move up the next draw from end of August, to the end of July. I'm on a really low dose at the moment, and I want to get things on track for a therapeutic dosage - NOW!

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  • gymdad150
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    7//9/22

    1st Cycle - Week One reps/sets

    Squat -
    Coming in light with Singles at 110/125kg; down sets at 90kg 8*3; Belt Squats at 110lbs 10*3. Some shoulder work and single leg work, along with Palof Holds and Copenhagen Planks. The sets of eight killed me, the next day I was wiped out

    Bench -
    Singels at 80 / 85kg; 3 board singles at 85/90/95/100kg; T&G Bench at 70kg 8*2; Larsen Bench at 65kg 4*4. Three lovely sets of Tempo to Tempo Dumbbell Incline Bench 40lbs 12*3. Tri's and Bi's supersetted...oh and weighted planks...WHY? Bench is not an issue at the moment: shoulders feel good, and I feel confident under the bar.

    Deadlift -
    Light singles at 145 / 165kg; down sets at 145kg 7*2; Biig Wheel Pulls at 138kg 4*4. Some dumbbell Bench, face Pulls and the regular single leg work. I handled the volume much better than the Squats from Monday.

    Conditioning Friday -
    Not at the moment. Once we get dialed in on the medication, I'll be back on the Assault Runner

    Saturday -
    Oooh, back to a traditional SBD Saturday. Tempo Pause SSB: 80kg 7*3...and that was plenty of weight; 5 Count Spoto Bench: 60kg 7*3...tempo "Largo" almost killed me, sped it up to "Adagio" and I was able to survive the 5 count. Deficit Deadlifts...WHAAAAATTTT. Haven't been able to do these without a lot of pain, and so they haven't been in the rotation for over a year: 140kg 3*3. Color me very surprised, and quite happy that they moved really well, and PAIN FREE.

    This new block of training features a good deal more volume than I've been doing for the past year. Coach and I hoping that we can get back to a more normal training load as the medication kicks in. Certainly would be nice...

    I'm a week into the medication regimen, and I suppose I'm in the "Placebo Effect" window, but who cares...I'm feeling "better: no heart flutter to speak of, I can walk up stairs / small "hills" and not feel incapacitated. Can't speak to any of the other symptoms, as they will take a lot longer to resolve. Though I expect the strength / energy issue to clear up next.

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  • mjwurtz
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    Hoping for a quick dial in!

  • codgerus maximus
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    Nice solid deadlifts, as usual, Chas. Not a bad state of the union report, all in all!

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  • gymdad150
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    7/2/22

    Cycle Three / Week Four - reps/sets

    Squat -
    Singles at 140/145kg; down sets at 120kg 3*3. 2 Count Paused Bench at 85kg 1*4. Belt Squats at 110lbs 10*3. Regular single leg work, plus Sissy Squats.

    Bench -
    Paused singles at 90/95kg *1; down sets at 82.5kg 4*3; Spoto sets at 72.5kg 5*3; 3 Board singles with 10kg jumps / missed 105kg. Lot's of Bi and Tri work.

    Deadlift -
    Singles at 195/205kg; down sets at 177.5kg 3*2; Paused singles at 167.5kg 1*4. Tempo Down / 3 Count Paused Bench at 85kg 1*4. Rows and single leg work to round out the day.

    Conditioning Friday -
    Skipped...tired.

    Saturday -
    Paused SSB at 110kg 4*3. Spoto Bench at 82.5kg 4*4; 4 Board Singles 80/5/90/5/100/105 *1. Cable Mid Row 170lbs 8*3; IYT 20lbs 10*3; Cable Fly 40lbs 8*3. Regular single leg work. Hammer Curls 70lbs 10*3; Dips bw 10*3

    Had one last blood draw to confirm the diagnosis of Hypothyroidism...and yes, it came back showing sub-clinical Hypothyroidism. Started the process of dialing in the dosage on Wednesday. It will take a few months to get it "right". It appears that I may have to be a bit insistent that we get to an optimal dosage, and not just one that gets me to "normal".

    Anyway, I'm committed to getting this dialed in appropriately. I'm not competing anywhere /anytime until maybe early 2023, so there's no "rush"...other than I'm not getting any younger.

    It will be interesting to see what symptom disappears / gets better first. I'd like my energy levels to come back first, followed by this flippy heart beat. The cold hands / dry skin / constipation / brain fog can improve as they will.

    I'm very interested to see how my cholesterol numbers and blood pressure react as well. Ever since I first started experiencing problems, these markers have gone rogue (not horrible, but all are up except Triglycerides).

    Anyway, that's the state of the Union at present.

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  • gymdad150
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    6/25/22

    3rd Cycle / Week Three - reps/sets

    Squat -
    What ever was afflicting me Saturday, was still with me. Got a little tweak in my QL and had to walk 120kg back in; Down sets at 100kg 4*3. Some Bench and single leg work finished a really poor session.

    Bench -
    Paused Singles at 87.5 / 92.5kg; down sets at 80kg 4*3; Spoto sets at 70kg 5*3; 3 Board sets stopped at 92.5kg - TIRED.
    Lots of arm work for successories. Bench continues to be a bright spot.

    Deadlift -
    Singles at 187.5kg / 197.5kg; down sets at 170 3*2; Paused Singles at 160kg 1*4. Four Tempo Bench Singles with a 3 count pause at 87.5kg. Regular single leg work a d some rows.
    The back tweak from Monday didn't effect today's pulls, they moved really nicely.

    Saturday -
    Paused SSB at 100kg 4*4, Spoto sets at 75kg 5*4. 4 Board Singles through 107.5kg...yes, that's correct 107.5KG; I'm feeling so much more comfortable un-racking heavier weights. Lots of cable sets: Mid Rows and Flys. Regular Single Leg sets, added a 10 second isometric at the end of each set...just for fun. I felt markedly better than last Saturday. I guess the Stress / Echo tests took more out of me physically and emotionally than I thought. Anyway, a much better session...and that make me happy.

    Not much more to report on the medical front.. The results of the S/E test were clean. I'm in "remarkable shape"...I'm sure that they wanted to add: "for a 67 y/o cancer patient, with a bad thyroid", but they didn't. I contacted the PCP and asked him to get the follow-up blood test scheduled, so that we can put this thyroid issue to bed ASAP. I need to get after him Monday, as he hasn't booked anything as of Friday...grrrr.

    FWIW, I really haven't been able to do any cardio, except what I've started within the last month or so (once a week interval work). The cardiologist liked my results, and that's with a minimum of targeted cardio. I attribute the results to the fact that moving heavy weights, for reps is in fact, High Intensity Cardio.

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  • gymdad150
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    mjwurtz codgerus maximus slowmotion

    Thanks Gentlemen. I admit to being very frustrated at the moment. Yes, we'll get this sorted out. I just want it done "yesterday"...

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  • slowmotion
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    Hope you get this figured out and that you will feel better!

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  • codgerus maximus
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    It's reassuring to hear that the old heart is functioning normally. And if that thyroid medication adds multiple pounds to your lifts I might have to ask my doctor for an Rx.

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  • mjwurtz
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    Hang in there - hope good news is on the way!

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  • gymdad150
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    6/18/22

    3rd Cycle / Week Two - reps/sets

    Squat -
    Singles at 135 / 142.5kg; down sets at 120kg 3*3. 2 Count Paused Bench at 85kg 1*4. Regular assistance leg work.
    Squats are what they are at the moment.

    Bench -
    Singles at 85 / 90kg; down sets at 82.5kg 3*3; Spoto 72.5kg 5*3; 3 Board 72.5/82.5/92.5/97.5/102.5kg *1. Lots of arm work #gunshow, and Goblet Squats for accessories.
    Bench continues to be a bright spot...at least I feel good about it when I'm under the bar.

    Deadlift -
    Singles at 175 / 185kg; down sets at 165kg 2*3, Paused Deads at 155kg 1*4. 3 Count Paused Bench at 90kg 1*4. Chest supported Rows for accessory work.
    Deads felt pretty good for it being an extremely hot, and humid day in the gym.

    Friday Conditioning consisted of an Echo Cardiogram / Stress Test. Haven't had a Stress Test on about 20 years, and certainly not coupled with and Echo Cardiogram.
    Damn...that was no fun getting the last images while in severe oxygen debt.

    Saturday -
    Tempo Paused SSB at 90kg 4*4. Spoto at 70kg 4*5. Mid Rows and shoulder work for accessories. Regular single leg work as well.
    Just a really poor Squat session: Dead legs and light headed...just damn...

    So here's the 411 on the medical front (in reverse order):
    Stress Test / Echo - appears to be nothing out of the ordinary going on. A couple of extra beats in the lower chambers (PVC)...had this before, no biggie. The Echo Tech didn't say anything, but I assume they would not have let me leave if there was anything amiss. I get the Cardiologist's version Monday or Tuesday. I lasted a good long while on the treadmill, about 15 minutes. I paid for it on the table, getting the last few images under severe oxygen debt.

    Had blood work drawn on Monday, and the results were in my hand Wednesday, along with the PCP's notes. Long story short, my Thyroid is out of whack, by a goodly amount it seems, which explains absolutely everything that I've been complaining about the LAST TWO YEARS.
    If there are 10 hallmarks of a poorly functioning thyroid, I've got 11 of them!

    We'll start to address this issue next week. I assume it can be handled with medication alone. Though my PCP might want imaging done...sigh.

    I just want to feel better...

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  • gymdad150
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    Originally posted by codgerus maximus View Post

    Well, you managed to wring some enjoyment out of that encounter ! If you're a stick insect, (isn't that how Basil Fawlty's wife described him?) I'm not sure what that makes me. One-dimensional man? If I turn sideways I disappear. Anne tells me I'll be competing as a pixie-weight.

    I just found the Fawlty Towers scene where Sybil lobs this line at Basil: 'Do you really imagine, even in your wildest dreams, that a girl like this could possibly be interested in an aging, Brilliantined, stick-insect like you?"
    I LOVE FAULTY TOWERS...

    #dontmentionthewar

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  • codgerus maximus
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    My response was to say: "look at me, do I like like I'm on anabolics?" I mean for the love of all that's holy, I still look like a stick insect...
    Well, you managed to wring some enjoyment out of that encounter ! If you're a stick insect, (isn't that how Basil Fawlty's wife described him?) I'm not sure what that makes me. One-dimensional man? If I turn sideways I disappear. Anne tells me I'll be competing as a pixie-weight.

    I just found the Fawlty Towers scene where Sybil lobs this line at Basil: 'Do you really imagine, even in your wildest dreams, that a girl like this could possibly be interested in an aging, Brilliantined, stick-insect like you?"

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  • gymdad150
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    6/11/22

    3rd Cycle / Week One reps/sets

    Squat -
    Came in 15% lighter...sort of a mini de-load. Single @ 132.5; down sets @ 115kg 3*2. Some Bench, Bulgarians, and Belt Squats for accessory work.

    Bench -
    Again, coming in lighter. Single at 86kg; down sets @ 75kg 3*3; Spoto @ 65kg 3*5. Goblet Squats, single arm LTEs, Tri Pushdowns, Overhead Tri Extensions for accesso ries.

    Deadlift - Same, same...Single @ 175kg; downs sets @ 155kg 3*2; Paused Deads @ 145kg 1*2. Paused Bench and Rows, along with regular leg work. Got this done in the morning so I could go tot he doctors appointment and just relax.

    Conditioning Friday -
    Same interval work I've been doing. Only difference is that I was all alone in the gym, as everyone's at Mega Nationals.

    Saturday -
    Paused Safety Bar Squats @100kg 4*3 (rpe7); Spoto @67.5kg 4*4 (rep6); Cable Mid Row / Cable Flys, and leg work for accessories. Early session as the gym closes early...still under Mega Natls staffing issues.

    I will admit to being a little tired this week, so it's nice to have been able to dial things back a tad. My knee was a little cranky on Squat day. Bench is feeling great, and Deadlifts could use the back down as my hand is still not quite 100%.

    I did have some soft tissue work done on Tuesday: shoulders to finger tips. Holy shit did that session hurt. The shoulders not so much, but damn...the work on my triceps and forearms was almost unbearable. It's now four day later and the musculature is just now pain free. My finger is feeling much better for the work.

    As to the doctors appointment, the tl:dr is that I'm scheduled for a stress test / echocardiogram this coming Friday. The doc doesn't seem terribly concerned, but wants the test just to rule out anything really shitty.
    As I feared, he pushed the Clot Shot...HARD. In the end we agreed to disagree, but he didn't appreciate my push back. He's also pushing for me to go on Statins, but we'll wait for the blood work to come back, and then go round and round about the benefits for someone my age.
    He also, with a straight face, asked me if I was on any performance enhancing drugs due to my participation in Powerlifting at a competitive level. My response was to say: "look at me, do I like like I'm on anabolics?" I mean for the love of all that's holy, I still look like a stick insect...
    I may have to find a new in town PCP.

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  • gymdad150
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    Originally posted by codgerus maximus View Post
    More nice, solid work, Chas. Interesting account of your acupuncture treatment. How did you connect with him?
    He's the go to guy for the lifters in at my gym. My coach swears by him when anything has gone pear shaped prior to a competition.

    He also works with the Bills / Sabres / Bandits. His C.V. leads me to believe that he's the real deal, he travels world wide as a guest speaker / teacher.

    I've used him before for my lingering QL issues, and his approach worked when other modalities didn't.

    The treatment of my middle finger, while making my skin crawl, has made a huge difference in just 24 hours. I'll be hitting some golf balls tomorrow, that will be a really good test.

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