I’m thankful to still be able to post my annoying questions on here! In late November I had a tennis-ball size bowel cancer removed, along with half my stomach and most of my colon.
Due to lymph node involvement I am on Capox chemotherapy for approximately 6 months, started two weeks ago. Eight 3-week cycles.
Since my diagnosis in October, I lost over 20kg (97kg to 75kg current) though thankfully I was fat to start with.
My abdomen is weak as I had a full open surgery with sternum to groin incision.
I’ve previously posted in another section of T-Nation for advice to get back into lifting; now it’s time for something more.
31 yo male. Approximately 3 years, including 2 on various 5/3/1 templates.
Past PRs 500/385/265/171 D/S/B/P.
Current working maxes 65kg/55kg/45kg/40kg…
After my operation as soon as I was able, I began lifting shitty little dumbbells in my bedroom. I’m now sweet to lift barbells too, though my maxes have dropped substantially.
So I am back on 5/3/1:
DB Incline bench
DB Front and side lats
Side leg raises
DB back lats
DB Stiff Leg Deadlift
I’m working with extremely light maxes
What I would like advice on
Basically, I’ve followed 5/3/1 routines for the last couple of years and they have been good for me.
So I want either an endorsement that my lifting program is “acceptable” or a “get your fucking shit sorted” with some advice for changes or totally new template.
Restrictions / Requirements
-No direct Ab work (surgeon advice)
-No valsalva maneuver (surgeon advice)
-No chinups (they cause pain in my abdomen so surgeon said wait 6 months)
-I want to keep lifting every day because it helps alleviate side effects of chemo and makes me happy within myself
-Happy to do Barbell lifts every day, just unsure how I’d structure it
-I can’t do long workouts due to fatigue; 45 minutes seems to be about right
-My diet is a bit fucked due to nausea and loss of appetite, but I do what I can
-Lift more and vomit less!
-Don’t become skinny-fat (would negate the living part)
-Reclaim the right to my size L NOV shirt (sexually tight fit)
Any help appreciated!
**epic scar photos on request