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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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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

 

Its official, I am 40 years old! Time flies…

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Actually, the first 30 years felt like eternity, the last 10 felt pretty fast (and fun).

So, how will my training change now that I am 40?

Answer: it wont.

I am training harder than ever, it’s just a little bit more difficult since I have two kids under age 3.

You need to make adjustments.

There are also certain exercises I cannot perform anymore and its difficult for me to go insane with my cardio since I never get to rest.

With that being said, I have been lifting pretty well in the gym and I am considering signing up for my first powerlifting competition in about 5 years.

Although i dont expect to set any records, especially now that I dont have anyone to spot me, I think I should be stronger than I was in College.

When it comes to weight lifting, you can stay pretty strong until your 60s.

Running is a different story.  I haven’t been able to get even close to my college running times, although, I plan on making a serious stab at it this summer.

I have to be honest about being 40, I miss having zero responsibilities.  This holiday season has been tough between parties, work and watching my kids.

I was having second thoughts about doing this powerlifting meet but then it came to me: if I dont compete, age is winning the battle.

A 21-year old me would compete all the time.  If I dont sign up, I am doing what most other 40 years olds do; nothing.

So, i plan on competing in February. It’s fun and a good way to bulk up and then I will slowly transition to running/bodybuilding.

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It’s hard to believe, but I am going to turn 40 in a couple months.

I was trying to stop obsessing it, but after going to about 4 or 5 different 40th bday parties for my friends in the last several weeks, it’s hard to avoid.

But now with a 2nd child due in October, I recognize more and more the importance that I need to stay alive. And when it comes to staying alive, your diet will always beat out a good workout.

I have also decided that I am not going to bulk up as much in the winter. The years of adding and then taking off 25 lbs of bodyweight are over. Starting at age 40, I only plan on bulking up 10-12 lbs during the winter, and after age 50, I will cut that down to only 5-7 lbs.

As you get older, it gets harder and harder to take off the bodyweight, and to be honest, I dont believe its healthy to be heavy for an extended amount of time.

Overall, my training is going good.  I have some 5k races coming up in the Fall and I have lifting relatively heavy in the gym.

Wish we luck!

-John Andre

 

So its official, the stitches in my upper thigh are out and I am free to train as hard as I want.

Although its still extremely hot and humid outside, you need to start running NOW if you want to have a strong Fall running season.

Right now I am trying to run 2 days a week on the treadmile and 2 outside.

I had two really good treadmile days last week where I ran 3 miles in 19:45 and then 4 miles in as easy 27:30.

Outside I am slacking a little. I have a 2 mile hilly course near my house that I like to run and I did it in 14 minutes flat on Friday and 15 minutes on Sunday.

35 days is a decent amount of time to get faster if you put the time in.

I also planning on running at least 3 races. I dont want to rely on just one race and then potentially have a bad day.

After September my wife has a scheduled Csection on October 2nd, so my October, November and December will be mostly weights.

Wish me luck, I will keep you updated!

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Its official. Today I start my 5K training for the Fall running season.

I would “like” to get between 19 and 22 minutes.  I usually go under 22 minutes pretty easily, under 20 is a time I havent reached since I was 18 years old.

I missed a solid week of training to get a cyst cut out of my upper thigh, but today I am going to go against doctors orders and start running earlier than recommended.

Fortunately, I was running pretty good before my doctors visit and I also am also at a really low bodyweight.

Last time I weighed in I was at 157 and I plan on going at least 3 or 4 lbs lighter before the summer is over.

My plan is to compete in at least 3 separate 5k races before October 1st.

I figure 3 races different races will give me a decent chance to run some fast times.

Update: I just ran 3 miles on the treadmile in 19:25! That is my fastest time in 3 years.

Another couple solid training sessions and I should be ready.

Treadmile again Thursday and then a hard outdoor session on either Saturday or Sunday.

I’m getting there!

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To make a long story short, I had a cyst cut out on my inner thigh this Saturday that set me back.

I was told I could scan it and monitor or just cut it out, so I cut it.

Only problem? I received more stitches that anticipated and now I cant run for 2 weeks!

To be honest,  had Ive known about this, I would have held off until October.

So now I am entering peak bodybuilding season and I cant even do hard cardio.

Hopefully It goes fast and I can get right back into it.

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Sunday I went for a nice 6 mile walk and today I did chest at lunch while trying to eat light.

It’s not the end of world, but being out of commission reminds me of getting sick in the summer as a kid.

It sucks…

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I know this might sound like an excuse, but my 2-year old is killing my training.

I went for a run today, on fathers day, and my legs were killing me.

Besides the lack of free time, its impossible to chase a little boy around for 4 hours and then go for a run.

Let me review my week:

Monday: work, gym at lunch, park at night.

Tuesday: work, gym at lunch, treadmill after work and then park again.

Wednesday: work, no gym, no park.

Thursday: work, gym at lunch, treadmill after work.

Friday: work, gym at lunch, park after work, drinking at brother in laws house.

Saturday: hiking with son. Park in the pm.

Sunday: 3 mile run (felt like death)

This was a tough week, along with pulling 12 hour fasts at work to cut down in bodyweight.

The dieting is tougher too. As I sit here and type, my son is eating a grill cheese sandwich.

Whatever he doesnt finish, I always end up eating.

Overall, I dont want to make excuses, but I cant compare it to when I was 30 years old and able to sleep for 13 hours.

But dont worry, I plan on killing it this week.

-John

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June is right around the corner!

At this point in the season all of the solid muscle I was going to build is done, now the name of the game is cutting up and burning off body fat.

Typically, June is the month I lose the most amount of body weight and it is also where I go from “in shape” to ripped.

This June,I want to lose at LEAST 5 lbs. And that wont be easy considering I am already down to 159.

For my training, I am already running 3 miles in 21 minutes, so I just want to focus on my speed. That means adding at least 10-15 sprinting sessions outside and I need to try to cut down on the treadmile time. When the weather is nice it is important to run outside.

My goal by Memorial Day every year is to look “ok” but by July 4th I except to look good. The rest of the summer I will slowly lose some extra weight,until I finally peak in late August/early September.

So far it has been a strong start to Spring. I am already under 160 lbs and I am running 3 miles in 21 minutes. Just have to increase the intensity and stay on my diet.

Good luck!

John Andre

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I was working out at lunch today and I saw the oddest thing.  Although Memorial Day Weekend is in 3 weeks and July 4th in less than 2 months, I am still seeing guys in full bulk up mode.

I just dont get it. If you aren’t starting to cut down now, when are you going to cut?

I couldn’t imagine being heavy over the hot months of June, July and August and who wants to look overweight on the beach?

But most importantly, if you dont cut weight, you will never remove bodyfat.

This year I peaked at around 178 lbs and now I am deep into the low 160s. My goal for peak summer is to get into the low 150s and maybe even high 140s.

Getting cut is the name of the game.

Remember, there is nothing healthy with being overweight for an extended period of time.

Heavy lifting, cardio and strict diet.

John Andre

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