Archive for April, 2020

What a crazy start to the year.

Not only did I completely rip both quads in a powerlifting competition, but I also did it about one month before NYC was shut down with the coronavirus.

Luckily, I was able to get my surgery done before things got out of hand, but even as I am starting to recover, the gyms are still closed.

Since I am going to be stuck at home for at least several more weeks, I have started the “Prison Workout”.

So, what is the “Prison Workout”?

The Prison Workout is exactly what is sounds like.  Its the type of workout that you would use if you were stuck in a prison cell.

It means a lot of calisthenics.

I am doing a very basic, high school gym class workout.

A) 250 reps of push ups over several sets

B) 100 reverse dips over several sets for triceps

C) 100 reps over 3 sets of lifting a holding chair over my head for shoulders.

Then for legs, unfortunately I am still a mess since my surgery, but I am starting to do multiple sets of stepping up to a small box, side leg raises and leg extensions without any weight off the side of my bed.

Cardio is non-existent since I my legs are shot, but from just using imminent fasting, I have been able to cut 17 lbs since Valentines day.

Results so far: Honestly, I have been pretty surprised.  I think if you are coming from several months of heavy lifting or powerlifting, like I was, then the multiple reps of calisthenics work pretty well.

If you don’t have a solid base of heavy lifting, then I don’t believe it would work.

Overall, I am actually enjoying my break from heavy weight lifting.  I have been lifting heavy for 25 years straight now and it actually feels good to spend these 3 or 4 months just using my body weight.

What else choice do I have?

-John Andre

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What a crazy year this had been.

God really acts in strange ways.  Who would have guessed that I would rip two quads, a very rare injury, a month prior to a virus pandemic.

For all I know, ripping both my quads might have saved my life, since I have been working at home since February 18th.

Although nobody from my office has gotten infected, I was taking public transportation every day into Manhattan, so who knows?

The good news is that I had my surgery already and my quads have been reattached.

So far, the recovery has been slow.  I am one month post surgery and although I am pain free, I am still unable to bend either leg past an inch or two.  I am supposed to keep them stiff for another 2 weeks, but I am getting restless and trying to speed my recovery.  Some people online swear they are almost back to normal within 4 months, but somehow I cant imagine that.

My workouts now have been basic calisthenics; pushups and leg raises, along with intermittent fasting.  I figure if I am unable to lift heavy I might as well lose weight and so far I have cut 13 lbs from a peak to 180 lbs down to 167.

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My goal going forward is to continue cutting weight, add more calisthenics, and by the middle of April I plan on buying some light weights for home.

But most importantly, I need to get these legs back.

Each day they are improving but I’m still not up to the point where I can get back to my office, I can barely climb any stairs and I definitely can’t drive.

Hopefully this virus will peak soon and we can have a normal summer.

Stay safe!

-John Andre

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