I’m sorry to do any cut and pasting, but I wanted to share this message with everyone, and get anyones general response. The following is an email I sent to Dr.Berardi, but he was, understandalby, too busy to reply to it personally and an employee of his replied with some general suggestions pointing back towards his own products (Precision Nutrition, etc). A fair reply, but I’m hungry for anyone elses opinion, as I’ve got a pretty rough situation on my hands…literally. Here goes:
I’m coming to you with a difficult situation concerning an injury I don’t hear mentioned much in the fitness
arena, be it lifting, sports, etc.
I’ll try to make my explanation as short as possible, as I know you’re busy.
I am 21, and have, for about two years now been dry-humping, non-successfully at health-fitness. Many reasons contributed: school, moving across the
country, work-hours, a freelance industry, injury, and a troublingly slow metabolism that seems inherent in my family.
However, things have finally started to turn around for me, as I’ve managed to really drive home some disciplines, and not let those cravings and addictions
run free and control me like they have for years. So, here are some numbers…
21 years old
I hope it doesn’t enrage you that I’m not including BF %, max lifting numbers, etc… but you’ll soon see why the latter of which I don’t have.
I’ve always been heavy, carrying around quite a bit of fat… covering a wide, muscular build. This has started to get worse even as I reach the young age of
21, ie kyphotic posture changes (I’m an audio engineer so I sit quite a bit…) and more health complications.
I invested in, for what it’s worth, the Abs Diet book, from Mens Health. Despite the undeniable truth that a
book is not the key to your physical transformation, I still love the books simplicity and lack of proprietaries… other than the book itself. Alas, it
doesn’t really give advice to someone with injuries.
How am I injured? I seemingly have RSI-repetative strain injury, caused by years of piano playing, drumming, computer use, bad posture, and possibly
genetics. The research in the area of
hand-pain/joint-pain is definitely not concrete coming from every area of medicine, so the search for specifically
hand-related information has been a
quagmire, but I’ve found some great resources.
The issue is this… I seek a lean, muscular physique, nothing-insane, nothing BB style, but
strong-lean-functional. I am a musician/travelling engineer… so a healthy, clean body is what I’m
looking for. My hands, they are getting better. I’m going to a Hand Rehab Center in USC soon… (I’ve already been through a small gamut of chiros/etc…) and we’ll see what happens. Though weight isn’t ALWAYS linked with hand-issues, being over-weight and the typical kyphotic/nonaligned posture can affect the thoracic outlet, reduce bloodflow to the hands/etc… I’m sorry if you already know all of this. Alas, my
hands are lookin’ up… Moving on…
When I hit my peak of bad-health, I was 228 lbs. Over the course of probably 4-6 months, I dropped down to 194!.. Pretty crazy, unexpected. Alas, a 3 month road trip brought me back to 200,
but I’m hard-focused on the road again now, great consistancy with diet and
exercise. My problem arises, in exercise.
Massive weight lifting, just isn’t possible for me.
My hands get very fatigued in the weight room, and in general the joints in my hands feel ‘lax’ and sensitive. For instance: holding a dumbell, rotating
your arm upward to get it above your head for military press, and at that point where your fingers are parallel to the floor, and the weight is bearing down heavily on the ‘knuckle’ joints, feeling them almost pull out of socket!! Not TOO dangerous, but I bet you
if I tried with a 45 lb dumbell, it’s possible
During pushups, my carpals feel like they’re compressing, and cause uncomfortable pains that limit
me from doing more. A very similar thing happens during bench press (of which I haven’t done a traditional, non-machine-style in a long time… due to how uncomfortable it feels on my
hands). It kind of goes on and on… apply sensitive, lax-joint, fatiguing
hands… to most weight related workouts, and it
definitely limits the poundage I’m lifting.
So, I’ve taken a general approach of a more fast paced, low-weight approach to lifting… shorter rest time, jumping back and forth between exercises, that
whole thing, and it feels great. However, I still hit speed bumps sometimes, and hate that I can’t straight up bench, among other things (like awful bone pain!).
I’m curious what your overall reaction to this is.
Someone who uses their hands as a part of their life,
art, profession, meal-ticket, etc. with precision (not
that anyone doesn’t need their fuckin’ hands!). I’m heavy, stocky and trying to stay on track. Should I seek ‘fitness counselling’ ? Perhaps I should mention all this to the hand-rehab center…
My main incomplete part I admit fully to, is taking zero supplements. In
complete honesty, it’s just a
matter of money and discipline. I’m trying very hard to get that in motion though… looking at things like
Flameout (I get tendonitis type symptoms sometimes with swelling of my finger extensors at the wrist), glucosamine chondroitin, and ligaplex for ligament
health. I am humbly open to advice on that topic, if you have any. (EDIT: To all you T-Nation peoples, I have read this board thoroughly and am looking forward to another batch of Flameout being released)
So, if anything comes to mind, I would love to hear it. I apologize greatly for the length of this, but hand-pain is a longwided, winding, confusing area of medical health, I guess.
Thanks so much, if you made it through this.