Been reading here forever, finally had a reason to join. 37 years old, been training off and on for 20 years. Pretty hard 4-5 times a week for past 7 years. A lot of the posts here have been helpful.
Anyways, last week.....doing some heavy preacher curls I ruptured my left bicep. Complete tear, good times. I was lucky enough an additional connector (forget the name) remained in tact so there was just partial retraction (about 5 cm).
Anyways, I'm pretty damn big so my left arm looks a bit odd to me but not noticeable yet unless you look closely.
Going for the repair surgery in a week at NYU Hospital for Sports Medicine with a great doctor. Had an option to have no surgery, but F that! I need to get back to full strength.
Here's my issue.........despite having all the excuses in the world I refuse to stop going to the gym. I was back in the gym 3 days after rupture. Of course can't do much upper body due to the rupture but thus far have been doing...
- Smith Machine Squats......luckily not a problem hoisting 45 pound plates as high as possible with right arm.
- Leg presses.
- Hack squats.
- Calf raises
- Calf machine shrugs
- Tons of ab work
- Lots of walking around NYC. Might as well make this a serious cutting period.
Anything else you guys can recommend in terms of creative ways to work the chest/shoulders without hitting my torn bicep? Also keep in mind as of the 30th I'll be in a sling in my left arm for 14 days.
Thanks much, yes I'm OCD but no fucking way I'm stopping working out. If anything, I see this as a period to really focus on unique leg and ab exercises.
Thanks, and Ill be posting quite a bit more often now. Just never had a reason to take the plunge.