Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 35 – Testing My Limits

I saw the surgeon this week about my bicep. In the gym, I did a lot of experimenting, trying to see how far I could push my limits in spite of the injury. Turns out I can still do quite a bit!

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Athlete Journal, Entry 35: Testing My Limits

I spent the week seeing what I could do and what my limits were with the missing bicep head. The surgeon clarified it was the main head of the inner bicep that attaches to the bone and is reparable. It is indeed only the rotational head, not the main head responsible for flexion of the arm.

MONDAY

Warmup/Mobility 10min

Bench

45×10

45+100chain x5

135+100chain x5

225+100chain x5

315+100chain x4

365+100chain x1

315+100chain x5

Band Dumbbell Floor Press

100+Blue/large x4

100+Green/med x8 ,8

These were bothering my bicep so I quit.

Dips

Bodyweightx12

Bodyweight+100×10,10,10

Grappler Shoulder Press

X10,10,10

Hook Grip Hold 495×45

WEDNESDAY

Moblity/warmup

Dead Bug x 1 set

Rear Leg Elevated Split Squat

Bodyweightx12

106×12

140×12

180×8,8

200×8

These just destroyed my work capacity.

Band Dumbbell Good Morning

140+Large x8,6

Two draining exercises like this in a row…this one was just too much so I moved on.

Hook Grip Hold 555×45

Glute Ham Raise

Bodyweightx30,30,30

FRIDAY

Dumbell Rep Bench

60+min x30

80+minix30,14,12

Dips

Bodyweightx20,20,20

Bottom’s Up Kettlebell Press – Walking

36×10,10,10

Hook Grip Hold 605×30 – Woohoo!

SATURDAY

My remaining bicep head was beginning to get tender through the tendon. With the inner bicep detached I’m getting more extension, which means this bicep has been getting stretched and used more than normal. It also took the brunt of the load when the inner detached.

I messed around doing a bunch of stuff and trying to find movements that would aggravate my bicep. There was a lot more miscelleneous sets and experimenting than shown below.

Windmills

45×5/side

95×5,5/side

Shoulder Rotations while bent in Windmill

95×2-3/side – Wow that was fun. Will be doing more.

Sled Work w/straps to elbows

Bunch of passes lots of different angles

Turkish Getup – Don’t normally go this heavy but wanted to see if they hurt my arm

53×5/side

88×2/side