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Athlete Journal, Entry 33: Rehab, Week Three


Finishing up my third week of rehab post injury from the December 1st meet. I am continuing with my beta testing USP Labs new patented anabolic Versa-1. As I noted last week, my recovery from this injury has been coming along at record pace. In addition to the improved recovery, I also noted the leaning effect it was having on me and how I had bumped my calorie intake up significantly to maintain my weight. Over this last week I decided to just run with it and let the leaning effect take place. I simply returned my diet back to what would be its normal maintenance level. I have dropped a couple pounds of weight but just the difference in one week can even be seen on my videos as I’m looking leaner than the prior week.



Hook Grip Hold 405x40s, 1:07s +8s



Bench Press – Feet in air


95+200 Chain x 10

135+200 Chain x8

185+200 Chain x5

225+200 Chain x5,5,5,5,5 (Only hit 3 reps total last week!)


Weighted Dips

BW+100 x9,9,9,9


Hook Grip Hold 1:06s -1s



Hook Grip Hold 405x40s, 40s -27s



BW Squats 3x10


Stallions (see video)






585x8 Could have done more but lights were changing colors on me so time to rack.


Goblet Squat w/Band on Knees






These were tough but really happy I could do these with this level of weight. I may be working on retooling my squat a bit as I come back from this experience. I think these will help.


Hook Grip Hold 405x 1:10s, 40s +3s



Hook Grip Hold 405x 40s, 50s



Turkish Get Ups

53lb Bell x 10/side



95lb Barbell x 5,5

125lb Barbell x 3



Bent Over Rows






Hook Grip hold

705x Miss


Rack Pull

1005x Miss

Thought about dropping weight then realized I was being entirely stupid at this point in recovery and dropped it entirely.


Circuit x 4 Times

Kettlebell Face Pulls 12-20 reps

Grappler Side-to-Side 12-20 reps

Band assisted Pullups  12-20 reps