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Returning to the iron


#1

New member here with a serious question.After 4 year forced layoff I was medically cleared to lift again. Due to a heart condition I now have a implanted defib and only half a kidney left(cancer).I do one body part a day,30 to 40 minutes of cardio and finish with stretching.Anyone with anything close to my predicament have any tips they will be more than appreciated.


#2

Welcome, Headknocker. Wow, that's pretty wild. Well, I've had problems with heart arythmia and palpitations. Seems that stress is the main trigger for that. A really intense, over the top workout can kick it off. Docs tell me to stay hydrated as well - but don't know what your fluid intake should be with half a kidney.


#3

Thats not all.I also have sarcoidosis of the lungs but like I said,lifting kept me alive so I couldn't wait to get back .i drink around a gallon of water daily plus green tea with meals. On diuretics its a must.


#4

I concede defeat. Your sob story definitely tops mine. If the docs will let you lift, then go for it!


#5

Not trying to sound like that,but i don't know anyone thats had these kind of problems and continued lifting.


#6

Sorry, Headknocker. I've suffered from my share of setbacks as well: asthma, congenital heart defect, depression, scoliosis of spine in 2 places, arythmia and palpitations. Plus always been skinny, suspect low T levels but docs never confirmed. So I understand how it can be a struggle. Sometimes people who have things easy in life can't quite sympathize.

Fischer has a pacemaker and spleen abnormality. Xieliheng had a kidney transplant and is taking a pharmacy of meds. Doogie suffers from bi-polar. So there are people here who have to push through difficulties.


#7

Thats why I joined.To see and hear how others handle lifting with their physical problems.I'm psyched that I can lift again but finding it hard to keep the ego in check and come to terms that I cant do what I used to.And thanks for responding.


#8

Hi fellow Heart patient!

Start slow and slowly ramp up your volume/intensity over time. I follow a 4-day split(heavy lifting) with 2 days grappling as well in addition I do a lot of "energy work" in the morning.

It is your body you are old enough to know when to push or rest.

Good luck and Godspeed in your endeavors.


#9


Welcome