I’m 46 and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 11 years ago. Had been a competitive swimmer in my younger days and lifted weights to train for swimming. Over the years I weight trained on and off but nothing too serious.
I had been taking an oral medication to help control my diabetes along with two separate daily injectables. My diet and exercise had been slipping to non-existent during the latter part of 2014 through the early part of 2015 and my A1C climbed to a whopping 12.1. Went to the doctor where he prescribed another injectable (in addition to what I already had been using). This was going to cost me approximately $800/month, a huge shock to say the least. I told him this is ridiculous, what else can I do? “Get your diet and exercise in check!” he said. At that point I made a decision to quit the injectable meds cold turkey.
I converted part of my garage into a weight room, bought a rack, bar and plates and found Jim’s 531 program. I dropped 20 pounds in 6 weeks, cleaned up my diet, dropped my A1C from 12.1 to 6.1 (Doc was blown away). I spend approximately $50 every 3 months for my oral medication and I feel great.
Doc did tell me that I should abandon the 531 program for something more suited to my age. He felt that the low reps would be too stressful on my joints and I would be more susceptible to injury. (I’ve had a nagging shoulder injury from my competitive swimming days…I just work through it) He then suggested something in the 15-20 rep range. I laughed when he said this then I realized he was serious. I said no f***ing way and proceeded to change doctors!
Jim, your program is great! I’m on my 7th cycle and have consistently added the 5/10 lbs per month as described. I do sprints and farmer’s walks along with jump roping for the conditioning aspect and haven’t felt this great in years. I look forward to working out. I call my 12x14 weight room my happy place.
First - congrats on conquering, at least mostly, diabetes. You are a man of action which is the best thing a man can be. Second, congrats on kicking ass in the weight room. Finally, good for you for finding your own way with training and not listening to your doctor. He may be good at certain health issues but expecting good training advice from a doctor is like trusting a trainer to do open heart surgery.
In other words, it’s best to stick with what you know.
This is an inspiring story and I will share this. You deserve all the credit.