Nine weeks down, one to go.
The running has continued as a marginal pace with acceptable distance. I am conscious of going to hard at it when recovering from the calf pull. The ice forced me onto the treadmill at one stage last week, for good cause. The Steps leading into my house basically turned into an ice rink, forcing me to tumble down them, and hit every step on the way down. I assure you it was hilarious.
The week started off less cold though, so lets get into it.
Chest and back got a bit of a change-up. Concerned with my shoulder Davy did a bit of a test on me, and from that noted how my posterior deltoid was severely underdeveloped. Rear delts that help move your arm backward. They connect to the flat surface of your shoulder blade. After years of working on the things I enjoy, which is chest, shoulders and arms, it will take a long time to get the rest up to speed. So we focused on a lot of pulling exercises as opposed to pushing. A push-pull workout is a style of training that targets muscles based on whether they involve pushing or pulling action. The pull exercises focused on getting my back up to standard. This meant then that super-setting between chest and arms was out the window. Davy took the time to explain to me how detrimental my previous training habits were, without sounding condescending, just informative.
Leg day is starting to become my favourite day now, mainly because I do not have to experience the pain from using my shoulders. There is also a healthy rivalry of sorts with Vinnie, who pushes me to max most days. Today’s training was quite dynamic and explosive which I like. We added in box jumps, which got my heart racing and I was surprised by my ability to do it. Previously when I was involved in Pro Wrestling, I would be able to jump and somersault over the top rope. That would of been seven years ago as the spritely age of 26. Now at the age of 33, I have the agility of a Giant Galápagos Tortoise. So I was pleased I could get my tree-stumps up on the box, envisioning myself jumping up onto a wrestling ring ala Brock Lesnar.
The shoulder issues are pretty persistent. Power is there, but it is like I cannot access it. Small weights are a struggle to get over my head, when I say small I mean something like 5 kg is causing alot of pain. It is incredibly frustrating to be trying to make positive change in your life, yet being unable to enact them. I am starting to suspect tendonitis, so as a New Years Resolution I will make a vow to start going to the physio more. We continued to do more mobility excercises and Davy ended up giving me a back bowtie. The bowtie, designed by Donnie Thompson aims to help posture and attacks this issue by applying firm compression to the pectoral tendons and reducing strain on the muscles behind the shoulders. The relief was immediate, and I found it gave me a freedom that I do not experience regulary. Its only when the pain goes, that you realise how debilitating it can be.
So as we approach the final week, one before Christmas, I find myself being brought down with the retro flu. It hit me hard Saturday, Sunday and Monday but hopefully as I type this I am in recovery mode. What this means is the last weeks session may have to be crammed into the later part of the week. Just before Christmas and all!
If you want to make a change, you can contact Davy on 0892528904 or email [email protected].