Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 14 – Surgery Looming

Elbow surgery seems inevitable, as it is now affecting all pressing movements and grip. Training continues, but a doctor consult is scheduled for next week.

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Athlete Journal, Entry 14: Surgery Looming

MONDAY

Bench press

135×10

185×5

225×5

315×5

385×11 – Rep PR here

DB Band Floor Press

#5+100’s x10,10

Bottoms Up Kettlebell Press

53×10

70×10 – possible PR here

53×10

Band Overhead Triceps Extensions

3 sets x 16 Reps

WEDNESDAY

Box Squats to 14.5” Foam box

155×5,5

265×5

375×3

485×2

595×1

705×3 – PR to this box height

Single Leg – AFS Leg Press

225×10

295×10,10,12

Inverted Band Ham Curls

#4×30,30,30

Static Holds – Hook Grip

335×30,45,45 (seconds)

THURSDAY

Deep Tissue Massage (been doing this weekly last few weeks)

FRIDAY

Incline Bench

135×20

225×28,13,13

Overhead Tricep Press w/Sled

6 passes x 75 ft.

SATURDAY

Sumo Deadlift

135×5

245×3

335×2

425×2

515×1

605×0,0,0 attempts with hook grip, but having issues

1 arm DB rows – Fairly Strict

150×30,25 ea/arm – first set is PR (no straps)

Chins

50 reps total

OTHER TOPICS:

My left elbow is getting beyond pretty bad. It is obviously affecting any pressing movements, as I can’t even come close to locking it out without mobility work immediately prior and then keeping it extended until I grab the weight. This doesn’t alleviate the pain, it only allows me to actually move my arm, as otherwise my arm isn’t going much past 45 degrees during the day. My surgeon is out of town, but I have an appointment scheduled with him the day after he gets back in town next week.

The elbow is also affecting my grip as well.