Wants, Needs & Knee Sleeves: A Recap

THIS WEEK I made the tough decision to withdraw from the WA Strongman state finals. I took my time weighing up the pros and cons and found that, right now, the most sensible choice is to bow out of the comp (forfeiting my gambit for an invitation to ASM 2015), and get myself properly fixed. That means finding a real solution to my knee problems. While I get them needled and massaged regularly, it’s still not enough. The pain I used to feel only while squatting is now a common issue; I feel it while deadlifting, driving or sitting in a chair for more than 5 minutes, even sleeping with my legs bent at certain angles will aggravate them. While I would be happy to live with this kind of discomfort if I was getting a stronger squat in spite of it, I will not abide it if I can’t even deadlift more than 250 without it arcing up. Risk versus reward. I need this shit sorted.

In addition to not being the most diligent when it comes to stuff like foam rolling (much to the chagrin of my physio, Dominique), I procrastinate on things I know won’t get any better if I leave them be. For instance, it’s become apparent I need orthotics (I’m discovering many serious lifters do) and, while I might hold out hope that the roll in my feet is the only thing causing this knee pain, and the orthotics will fix everything for me, experience tells me this is just one of many improvements I’ll have to make. Once I get these things fitted, a whole lot of my training may have to go back to formula while I re-learn how to perform the various lifts and events with new balance.10644808_10204593514097479_5869445431972975090_n

One small improvement I have made recently is the switch from Rehband to SBD knees sleeves. After a solid elbowing to my quad fascias on Wednesday, I finally sleeved up and squatted the following night. I have to admit they were a great purchase; much, much sturdier than any others I have used. I felt like I was slightly hydraulic, and while they didn’t stop the pain post training, there was only mild discomfort during the squats themselves.

I was enjoying my first squat session in some time, but I probably hadn’t eaten enough and my constitution was clearly not prepared for the assault on my core, as I cut the session short and felt near to throwing up for half the drive home.

Press Wednesday September 10th

Log press (strict)
65 kgs x 5
85 kgs x 3
95 kgs x 3
90 kgs x 9

100 kgs x 3
120 kgs x 3
135 kgs x 6

Axle OHP (strict)
60 kgs x 20, 16

Dom’s row
left: 30 kgs x 10
right: 30 kgs x 10

DB front raises
left: 15 kgs x 8
right: 15 kgs x 8

Squat Thursday September 18th

Squats w/Axle
70 kgs x 8
120 kgs x 5
140 kgs x 5
150 kgs x 5
160 kgs x 5

Leg press
200 kgs x 10, 10, 10

Underhand BB bent over rows
100 kgs x 10 TPR
120 kgs x 8
120 kgs x 6

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