I have been reading T-Nation for about 6 months and I figured now is the time to tap into all of that knowledge that is out there.
I’m 32 yrs old and I was a Muscle and Fitness disciple for years. When I was 27 I suffered a massive heart attack while lifting weights - totally unrelated to the weight lifting by the way. I ended up going through cardiac arrest, lung complications and all sorts of other goodies. The end result was pretty severe congestive heart failure.
After about a year of light rehab, my cardiologists gave me a kick in the ass and told me to get back to the weights. Things went pretty well and I was able to work hard in the gym and get back to normal living. Unfortunatley, I had another heart attack last October so I am back to square 1.
I have just started getting back into weights and thought I would begin with the old Bill Starr 5x5 routine just to build up a solid strength base and learn the core lifts all over again. My problem is fatigue, it seems to take me much longer to recover. I am also unable to complete the full Starr program so I am currently trying 3x5.
Am I wasting my time by tweaking the 5x5 to this extent? As well, any ideas on how to manage fatigue?? I have seen some of CW’s stuff on CNS fatigue but am unsure what my problem is. Is it just my heart, or CNS, or the shitload of meds, or that I am so out of shape?? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.