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Incase some of you haven’t heard, I recently had surgery on both quads.

Today is my 6-mnth anniversary since surgery and I am slowly making a comeback.

This has been a crazy year. Not only did I completely tear both quads, but now my gym has been closed due to Covid. So basically my workouts have been with the 185 lbs of weights that I bought for my apartment and 3-4x a week outdoor cardio.

So, I am in decent shape. But let’s not kid myself. I used to powerlift heavy 4x a week and run 3-miles in 20 minutes. Now I am benching 185lbs at home and running 3-miles in 25.

My goal this Fall is to get my bench press back into the mid to high 200’s and also get my 3 mile time back under 24.  Each goal should be pretty easy.  My legs are slowly improving and recovering strength, they are just very stiff.  I think I am going to bust out a quick one as soon as the temperatures cool off.

Good luck everyone! I will give a Fall update and training plan soon.

-JA

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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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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I cant believe we are almost at the end of January but I am down to my last 17 days of my winter bulk up.

I havent weighed in for a while but I am sure I have gained at least 20 lbs from the winter.

My lifting this year has been strong. I am deadlifting, ass to the floor, towards the mid 300s, deadlifting slightly over 500 and today I almost bench paused 295 lbs.

I am enjoy lifting heavy weights in the winter and making gains, the only thing I dont like is the extra bodyfat.

I dont care what you say, if you are get strong, you need a little bit of fat.

It’s also crazy how 20 lbs make such a big difference.  When I weigh between 155-160 lbs I will have ripped abs, but when I get near 180 I start looking fat.

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I hit a sweet spot, which is the picture above, at around 175ish.

For lifting weights, its night and day.

At 155, I cant lift to save my life. My bench press max is at most 265 and I feel like a skeleton trying to squat anything.

At 180, I feel jacked. Back in my early 30s I would bench 225 for 20 reps and 315 for 4 like it was nothing.

I would say 98% of the guys in an average gym look the same all year round. They dont lift heavy in the winter, they dont diet hard in the summer and they never get to a level of cut like this.

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– John Andre

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Well, its looks like my season is over, at least for competitive running.

How did I do this year? Not great, not bad.I achieved most of my winter lifting goals.

I deadlifted over 500lbs pretty easily and I was squatting near 315, ass to the ground of course!

Bench press was slightly more difficult since I dont have a spotter,but even without a workout partner, I was lifting near 300 lbs  With a steady spotter I like to go up to 315 every winter but this year it was just impossible.

For my running, this year had been off and on for me.  I definitely need to change something up in my training for next season, because my times are not improving.

This year I did a 3 mile race in Mid May and ran around 21 minutes flat, and then I did a sprint race in the summer which included the 100 and 200 meters.

I did “ok” considering that I havent sprinted in over 20 years, but my times were not great.

Then this past weekend I did a 5k race that I run every year and I finished it in around 21:55; 20 seconds slower than last year.

I dont expect to get faster every year as I age (39) but I hope with improved training I can lower my times.

One area that I definitely need to improve on, is my diet.  I’ve learned that I cant put on 30lbs during the winter like I used to.  This year, I plan on only adding 10 lbs of extra bodyweight, to a max of 166.

Most likely I will never weigh over 180 lbs again in my life, it’s not healthy and its becoming harder and harder to remove bodyweight as I get older.

Overall, I have a second child coming in 2 weeks, so I will probably start my winter bulk up in a month.

I need to focus on my diet super hard this coming year and include cardio during my bulk up.

I dont know why, but even when I bulk up and gain weight, the cardio workouts help to keep me lean.

I will be posting my bulk up routine soon.

Good luck!

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I have to admit it, I have been running great recently.

Over Labor Day Weekend I ran outside 3 days in a row and today I burned through a 5k in 19:30 on the treadmile.

To be clear, I havent gone under 20 minutes since I was 18 years old, now I am 39.

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I dont think I am that close to running those times outside, but I am pretty close to busting out some fast ones. Last year my peak was around 21:30 in the 5k and I “should” destroy that.

My plan going forward is to do the treadmile tomorrow, then run outside hard on Saturday and Sunday.

The following wknd I will run one of my favorite 5k races of the year. The course is as flat as a pancake, so just as long as it isnt windy out, I should be able to bust out a fast one.

After that, I basically have 2 more weekends to run a fast race.

My wife is due with our 2nd, and last child on October 2nd, so that will probably end my season.

Overall, I definitely run a lot more than most natural bodybuilders, but I do love it.

There is no better feeling in the world than running a good time and even improving on prior years.

4 or 5 more training sessions and I will see what type of shape I am really in.

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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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I am not gonna lie, I really hate the month of July and the terrible heat.

Maybe if I had the summers off and I could avoid the hottest points of the day it would be different, but unfortunately I have to go to work.

Today I was sweating going to work; sweating in the office, at the gym at lunch, on the ride home and now I’m leaving the gym sweaty at 6pm after my 2nd workout of the day.

Working out in the heat sucks, there is no other way to say it.

Today I did squats at lunch and actually felt pretty good. After work I tried to do some cardio and I felt completely dead.  I ran about 2 miles on the treadmile and had to walk half the time.

The only good news from today? I am down to 157.5 lbs in body weight. Basically I have another 5 to 7 lbs to go and I will reach my peak for the summer. I should hit that in mid to late August pretty easily.

I also tend to retain a ton of water in July. This week my in particular, my urine was starting to look like mustard.  As gross as that sounds, that’s when I realized I needed to start drinking some more water.

For the rest of the summer I need to just focus on my diet, continue lifting moderate to heavy weights and keep up with the cardio.

I am getting there.

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