Archive for February, 2020

Well, if you are wondering why I havent posted about my first full powerlifting meet in over 10 years, it is because it was a disaster.

I warmed up, feeling good, with 135, 225 and 275 before coming out for a “token’ 305 lbs.

What happened next was like a bad nitemare. I took the weight off the rack, felt light. I was slightly anxious from the crowd watching.

I remember going down fine, coming up slightly and all of a sudden my legs gave out.

My Double Quad Tear

All I remember is my legs giving away and people screaming while two guys ran over to help me stand.

Then the pain started.

It’s hard to explain what the pain felt like.  It wasnt a 10, more like an 8 and if anything, felt like one the worst “stinging” pains I ever had.

I couldn’t walk by myself, but I had two guys pace me back and forth in the back of the gym to work out the pain.  It actually felt better to walk around but eventually they made me sit down and apply large ice bags.

That’s when the pain hurt pretty bad.  I was able to handle it, but I was shaking pretty bad from the trama of everything.

After about 30-45 minutes I got my wife to pull up the car and the same 2 guys ( med students I believe) lifted me into the car.

I felt a little better on the way home, the pain went down to maybe a 6.5.  The hard part was getting out of the car. I didnt know the extent of my injuries at that point and I almost fell to the floor in the middle of the street.

Eventually my brother in law helped me walk into my apartment and down the stairs to my bed.

Once I got into the bed, I actually felt ok. The pain was down to a 4.5 and I slept for about 2 hours.

I usually never go to doctors, but I listened to my brother in law and went the next day. This injury looked serious.

I took a quick xray and the doctor said right away it looked like a double quad tear and they had ‘ never seen two pulled quads like that before, except for a major car crash”.

So now I am scheduled for surgery Wendsday to reattach my ligaments.  I have “sorta” gotten used to it. I can walk when my legs are completely locked and I been using crutches around the house and outside.

I wouldn’t be so horrible if I didn’t have a 2 year old and a 4 month old at home that want my attention 24/7.  I think my son has jumped on my legs already at least 25x. The good news is he forces me to stretch my legs every 30 minutes by playing with him

So, what does the future hold for me?

I think squatting is done. I am going to be 41 years old and I dont get paid for this shit.  Maybe I can deadlift again, but that will be a year away at least.

According to the doctor some patients come back to normal, it just takes several months to completely heal.  Then again, I blew both quads, not just one.

Wish me luck, I might start a daily vlog of my recovery.

-John Andre

 

I cant believe we are finally here!

Training for a powerlifting meet is no joke and I am not gonna lie, I felt like dropping out several times.

Its not only the physical pain and soreness but also the mental pain.  You really cant let up for several weeks in a row, along with attempting to reach certain numbers in your training.

For example: if I plan on deadlifting 400 lbs for 12 reps on a certain day, I need to do it.  I cant take a day off and I can never relax.

Sometimes you feel like doing it, sometimes you just aren’t into it mentally.  Compared to just training for fun, where you would probably just take an easy day here and there, it’s just not possible when training for a competition.

This year, my training went OK. In College I totaled between 1000-1,100. It wasnt until after College that I got pretty strong and was able to go with over a 1300 total.

I used to routinely hit 450+ squats, 325ish benches and over 550+ deadlifts in my late 20s.

For this meet, at age 40, my goal is to go over 1100, but I am also not using any equipment.

No belt, no knee wraps, no bench shirts.

That is going to take a minimum of 50lbs off my squat, but overall, I should be able to break my College numbers even without the equipment.

Overall, I enjoyed my training this season, but it’s a lot of work.  I will see how I enjoy my meet next weekend, If I have a good time, maybe I will train for 2 meets next year.

I always said that powerlifting is the best training to use over the the winter and is one of the best ways to add on any muscle.

People ask me all the time for the best ab workout, well actually, squats and deadlifts will beat any type of crunch, situps or twist.

Later next week I will start my spring training and start losing weight to get ripped.

Expect to get a full meet update early next week!

-John Andre

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