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BigIron77
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Looking like a superhero, Cam!

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Hip Scar
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cam534 wrote:
I've been slacking on the log updates, but not in my training!

My workouts have been going well. I'm sticking with the 4 or 5 basic lifts CT has spoken of, ring and hold work, and the prowler. I've made a few adjustments that I need to do to fit my lifestyle.

My biggest problem is that my job often takes me away from things like Trap Bar Deadlifts and Reverse Grip Bench from pins, and always takes me away from the Prowler. Since my schedule changes frequently, it also makes it tough to plan exactly what I'm going to be able to do the next few days.

So the days that I'm at home I make sure and do a prowler session. Like CT said, the way he has suggested to do a prowler workout takes about 10-15 minutes. Not much of an investment of time for the benefits. My legs and back feel great, and I used to have a lot of issues with nagging injuries that I haven't had at all since training my legs with TBD's and the Prowler.

I measured my legs the other day, and they were nearly each an inch bigger than when I measured them this past summer. Here's a picture from the other day:




Finally catching up on everyone's logs! Nice damn work Cam! Prowler legs!!

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Serge A. Storms
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Hey Cam,

I hope you make it to Columbus. I'll PM you my cell...I'll be there with David so if you make it, maybe we can all grab dinner.

PS...good to see you are killing it despite your busy travel schedule. Keep it up!

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cam534
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New video of some Power Snatches from this morning. I've been trying to concentrate on being more explosive. This looks better to me than the one I posted about a month ago.

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BigIron77
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Great speed, cam!

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cam534
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I've been trying my best to stick with CT's basic lifts and their variations (RGB, OHP from pins, Trap Bar Deads, and Power Snatch.) I'm also using the rings, bands, and my Prowler. The problems I run into are when I travel and one or more of these lifts aren't possible.

I was in a gym the other week where I had a good power rack available to do OHP from pins, which I can't do in my rack at home. I knew that because of my schedule I would not be able to train the following day, so I decided to go heavier than I normally would. I ended up going to near max lifts on OHP and RGB, grinding reps to finish. On top of this, I decided to do a strip set on a preacher curl and triceps extension machine. I started with the whole stack for 5 reps, then dropped the weight 1 notch, 5 more reps, and did this until there was no weight left. Turned out this whole approach was a horrible idea. While it felt fine during the workout, my elbow (which hadn't been giving me any problems at all) was really hurting me the next morning. It was a few days before it felt good to do any pressing again, and a few weeks later it still aches a bit when I forcefully extend my arm. So I learned my lesson in grinding reps, I don't want to do it.

I've stuck with weight I can be explosive with since then, and it seems to be treating me well. I'm still making up may workouts on my own, which is OK, but I know I'll get better results when all these new techniques are tied together in a more optimal way.

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jormanders74
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Hey Cam, thanks for dropping by my Indigo log! I appreciate the help. And those snatches are lookin good. Anyway my problem is that the power rack I use stops at around 6 and a half feet with respect to where you can set the pins, but it's actually almost 8 feet tall (probably because of the band pegs up top). So i'll have to play around with some other equipment to figure out if I can do the overhead support from Tuesday's live spill. I think I'll be able to do the overhead power holds from Wednesday's live spill, where you do a partial overhead squat to get in position (I'll probably have to squat a little more than CT said and my snatch grip will have to be a little narrower than usual so I can fit in the rack).

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cam534
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Well this is a post I was hoping not to have to make.

A few years ago, after much digging when a blood test showed some readings not in the normal range, I discovered I have an obstructed ureter(the tube that drains from your kidney.) I wasn't having any symptoms, so the plan has been yearly tests to measure kidney function. The tests I did a couple weeks ago showed the kidney was functioning at a pretty low level, and the CT scan I had last week confirmed it.

There's only one course of treatment for this, surgery. I‚??m having the surgery April 11th. I'm fortunate to have available a daVinci type surgery (done by a robot.) If you're really curious here's a quick link http://www.davincisurgery.com/...yeloplasty.html If all goes well, my Dr. says 2 days in the hospital, 2 weeks out of work, and 2-3 weeks with no heavy lifting.

Of course, I'm less than thrilled to be getting this done. I never thought I'd get surgery with a lot of potential side effects that wasn't to fix something life threatening. The condition was probably something I was born with, and I was hoping to live the rest of my life just monitoring it. Life never works out just the way we plan it, and I'm accepting this circumstance pretty well. I'm very glad that I've been taking Brain Candy, and I can vouch for the example from Tim the other week about someone at a plus 6 or 7 that gets some bad news that takes them down -5 but still leaves them at a plus 1 or 2 net.

The chance exists that the Dr. will not be able to finish the procedure with the robot, and have to cut me open and go in with his hands. Besides the procedure not working, that's the worst case scenario, and it would be a much longer recovery if that happens. But I'm doing my best to focus on the positive aspects. Primarily, I'm taking care of this before it does any long term damage to my kidney.

So I'll be taking a step backwards with my workouts next week. I've been real happy with my progress in the gym as of late, so hopefully I'll be able to get back to the level I am now in the not too distant future.

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Lonnie123
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Sorry to read that CAM. I truly hope you get the BEST case scenario out of all this and that you can resume "life as normal" as quickly as possible. You know you have all of our support here if you need to talk about anything, brother. Get better fast.

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wallstrt
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You've got a very healthy attitude about this. Get your health in order.... The gym will be there when you are ready. Keep us updated.
- mike

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cam534
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Thanks for the nice words, guys.

I couldn't shake the feeling this morning that I need one more test before the surgery. My Dr. said it would be OK, so I have a final test Tuesday morning, if it indicates I need the surgery I'll do it the next day. If it says I can wait and not damage my kidney, then that's what I'll do.

Wish me luck!

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BobFather5
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Cam,

Just read on your surgery, very sorry to hear, the fact that you are in phenomenal shape will aid in recovery, prayers for a successful surgery and LIGHTNING FAST recovery!

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Hip Scar
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Cam, Good luck. I have not doubt that no matter the outcome you will come around on the other side of this stronger than before. Let us know if we need to get someone to smuggle in some MAG-10 or FINiBARs to you!

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BigIron77
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I wish you the best of luck, cam. I will be thinking about you and hope you make a speedy and full recovery!

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cam534
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Thanks for the encouraging words, guys, it really helps.

The test I had done today was clear, I need the surgery. I am worried about all the potential complications, but my head is clear that it's necessary.

I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions about recovery protocols when I'm done, but I don't want to get too far ahead of myself.

I'll post with an update when I can, thanks again for the messages.

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Lonnie123
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Cam, I'm sending you all my best thoughts brother. Here's to a speedy an easy recovery. Get better soon!

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cam534
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Surgery complete. It was such a surreal feeling walking into the hospital feeling healthy and strong and offering myself up for something that could turn out pretty bad.

Thankfully, the surgery went well, no complications. The doc found I had an artery that was pushing against my ureter, causing the obstruction. So he cut the ureter, moved the artery to the other side, then sewed it back up. It took about 2 1/2 hrs. I have 5 small incisions that I'm told will barely be visible when they heal.

I still feel pretty weak, and am in a bit of pain, but I'm real grateful for this outcome. It turned out as good as I could have hoped. I'm being released from the hospital today, which is great from a food perspective. The "lactose-free, gluten-free" meals came close to being edible, but not as good as I can do at home.

Thanks again for the encouragement.

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gonzo25
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hey cam thats great news it all went well

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TRU76
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Good to hear your surgery went well. I'm sure a beast such as yourself will have a speedy recovery.

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Lonnie123
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Awesome news, sounds like a "best of the worst case scenarios" all things considered. Now dont go ripping those wounds open with front levers!

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corstijeir
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Hey Cam - i'm honored you stopped in my log to point me over here. I had not read this yet.

I'm glad the surgery went well. For recovery you want lots of water. I'd suggest a few extra Flameout a day and some curcumin if you're not on it. Don't forget elite pro for those much needed minerals. Also sleep, good quality sleep.

MAG-10 should be a life saver since you've got crappy food choices. It'll help spike some blood protein to help heal. The biggest things to slow down recovery are too much inflammation and not enough nutrients coming in.

Constant motion is important too, lots of walking and keep trying to increase your ROM, the sooner you hit full ROM the better.

Managing inflammation : http://www.T-Nation.com/...ng_inflammation
Getting your mind right: http://www.T-Nation.com/...d_right&cr=
How Matt Kroc heals up: http://www.T-Nation.com/...njuries&cr=

Vitamin C might not be bad to dose with and I believe creatine wouldn't hurt either. The most important things from my understandings are to increase ROM daily, increase protein, and keep the fluids coming.

Prof X and Cr P have both had huge success with recovery and MAG-10.

****Stay away from anti-coags, no thin blood

Im not going to wish you luck because you don't need it, but instead a speedy recovery!

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corstijeir
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While not surgery related here's a fun article on recovery:

http://www.T-Nation.com/...on_and_recovery

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corstijeir
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What's the word on Flameout and Curcumin doses? I know I've read some things about some pretty large doses.



corstijeir: @john Meadows or Bill Willis- for Flameout, if more than 8 caps a day is a waste, how do you feel about if you have an injury? Say you strained a muscle, would taking 12 a day be beneficial or still a waste? For the matter, If I'm taking 6 caps a day, do I take 2x3, 3x2 or 6x1 ?

Bill Willis: corstijeir: there are two sides to this. On one hand, acute inflammation is absolutely needed for the healing/repair process so you don't want to knock it down too much for too long. On the other hand, I take large amounts of EFAs in situations where most people would use NSAIDs√Ę?¬¶. s/a if I strained a muscle. . I won't do this long-term b/c this could affect the healing process, but maybe for a few days I'll really increase the omega 3 intake.

Bill Willis: corstijeir: CTD- so to answer your question...taking more Flameout after a strain can be very effective, and (IMO) much better than NSAIDs which inhibit protein synthesis and have other issues

corstijeir: @Bill willis, thanks so much. I figured for a day or two it would be best to really spike the circumin and Flameout then get back to normal doses just so you can continue to move about while it heals versus becoming stiff and immobile.

Bill Willis: corstijeir: right on√Ę?¬¶I totally agree



I hope this helps. From a very smart man ( Bill not me :) ). While my specific question is about sprains/strains/etc, I believe the same holds true.

You need the initial inflammation. So try doubling your dose tomorrow, spread throughout the day, then back to normal on sunday.

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cam534
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So I'm just over 2 weeks past my surgery. I went back to work this week and I'm working out again, certainly not "training for performance" though. My Dr. said I need to wait until 6 weeks past the surgery to do jumps or anything that will put too much stress on my abs. Since that was practically everything that I was doing before the surgery, I'm making some big adjustments. Can "walking" really be considered exercise? My Dr. says so.

Mentally, I'm in a pretty good place. While not something I would have ever hoped for, the scars on my abs are not as big as I was afraid of. I'm researching various treatments to use on them now, and I know I shouldn't get sun on them while they're healing. I'm fairly certain I'm not going to be the guy wearing his shirt at the pool for the rest of my life. I definitely think Brain Candy has helped me a lot with maintaining a positive attitude through this.

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gonzo25
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hey cam glad u r doing well stay strong big man

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