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#273442 - 07/18/07 11:05 AM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: jasperdaman]
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Nice job, Dereck. Impressive, the way you keep at it!
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#273443 - 07/18/07 03:42 PM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: MattJ]
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Thanks guys.
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#273444 - 07/25/07 10:45 AM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: Dereck]
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Another Update

It has been a number of years since I've done Squats due to suffering a neck injury in 2005 however yesterday I was perplexed as what to do for a leg exercise as when doing Deadlifts I find that bringing the bar up rubs against my knee and it has not quite healed enough. I didn't feel that leg extensions would have given me a good enough workout especially since the most my unit can hold is 225 lbs, though I guess I could have done legs individually.

I set up the Squat Rack and added my plates putting on what I felt would be a comfortable weight that was about 180 lbs lighter then what I "used" to be able to do. I never did like Squats and actually had stopped doing them for a number of years until I came to the conclusion that Squats needed to be done. Unfortunately need to be done and actually doing them were put to a halt when I crushed my vertebrae and later when trying I met with pain, ever since then I have stayed away from them. So suffice it to say I was feeling (1) I hate Squats, (2) will my neck hurt and (3) will my knee hold up since it has only been 7 months since my surgery.

Well the good news is that it did and I'm glad I did them. First set was a feeling out and getting the form correct. I found that once I removed the bar from the rack that if I rolled the bar down off my traps and further down my back I could easily manage the weight with balance and stability and have no stress on my neck or shoulders. I also wrapped the bar with a thick towel do add further comfort. Second and third set progressively got much better and then I added another 30 lbs and proceeded with my fourth or fifth set.

I kept the workout fairly light and finished off with 3 sets of rear calve raises. Surprisingly with such a mild workout did I ever sweat. I didn't immediately feel anything in my legs however after sitting down at 9:00 PM and signing into X-Box Live to play Rainbow Six Las Vegas, by the time I signed off at 2:00 AM to go to bed I could tell I had worked my legs ... excellent.

So that is where I am now.
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#273445 - 07/25/07 11:23 AM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: Dereck]
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Great to hear.I'm jealous, what with being injured and that!

Are you going to stay doing squats or mix it up? Did you go ATG?

Is your deadlift form off?

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#273446 - 07/25/07 12:38 PM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: Al_Fernz]
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I would not classify myself as injured but more in recovery. My neck has been good but I know from grappling that one jolt and it is down hill again, so I take it easy. I know that I will always have some problems which also seems to affect my shoulders ... not that they are great either especially lately when they have been really aching, however that will never stop me. Knee doing actually really well and tonight I will be joining class and running 3-5 Kilometers (2-3 miles) which will really be a test. I've attended some kicking classes with last Thursday being a big one and I survived though I need to build back up my cardio. Tonight is actually another kicking class and with will be an even bigger test.

I am going to continue with the Squats for now though I was close prior to my surgery in December to Deadlifting 400 lbs that I would still like to achieve. I don't believe my form is off it is just a mind thing plus the dynamics of the Deadlift puts more stress on the knee believe it or not then the Squat. As well when lifting the bar from the floor with the Deadlift it is quite often it brushes my legs and currently my left knee still has some dead spots where I don't have feeling and directly on the knee where the stitch marks are and where they removed the patellar tendon, this is highly sensitive ... even just to kneel on it which I've found while grappling.

ATG? Not sure what that means.
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#273447 - 07/25/07 01:25 PM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: Al_Fernz]
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Great to hear.I'm jealous, what with ME being injured and that!




Sorry, I meant to include that "me" part in there. Your recovery seems to have gone very well. One of my coaches will have to have the ACL operation too, but he fears never being able to kick the same again. He's 40 and wants to win a few more things before the op. His kicks are quality but he says he has terrible pain on the knee.

ATG = A$$ to grass

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#273448 - 07/25/07 01:39 PM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: Al_Fernz]
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I'm 38 with 39 coming in September. As kicking is only a part of the game I probably wasn't as concerned as your coach. Currently I get a lock of clicking and clunking and it shifts a bit but the surgeon says I'm on track. It is definitely not a 100% and needs to improve quite a bit more, but it isn't too bad. Weight lifting will help in that recovery to make the muscle around it much stronger, which I contribute to being able to keep doing martial arts for the 2 years the ACL was severed and I was still training. However it was not 100% then either and I had to baby it on occasions or adapt my game which it is my hopes I won't have to do as I improve. It certainly isn't any easy decision and my best goes to him. Probably the best thing about the whole leg recovery was my wife waiting on me hand and foot plus the huge amount of time I played my XBox 360.

You get better too so that you can get back at it.
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#273449 - 07/27/07 01:42 PM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: Dereck]
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Holy crap. After working out on Tuesday and doing 5 sets of Squats, Wednesday I could feel the DOMS. I however still went to class and ran my 3 kms and then did class that was just over an hour. Lot of kicking and punching, trips, sweeps and throws, counters and such so it was a little bit of a workout. Thursday I could barely move, the DOMS were in full effect. I could not even ride my motorcycle to work as my butt and legs could barely move. I was going to head to class last night but aside from only being able to hobble I thought I'd take the night off. Friday today, still can feel it ... WOW.

Hate it, love it ... mixed bag of feelings for sure. Looking forward to doing it again.
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#273450 - 07/27/07 04:22 PM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: Dereck]
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Haha nice Dereck. What doesnt kill you makes you stronger. You will get the benefits, after the disadvantages of it though.

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#273451 - 07/29/07 06:05 PM Re: Creaky Old Mods Journal [Re: Dereck]
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Squats. .

MY FAVORITE WORKOUT!

If I could marry a workout routine, I'd marry squats.

I just love doing squats. Ok, as soon as I've moved apartment, it's time for me to start adding to this log again.

Creaky Young Mods Journal.

-Taison out
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