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Strength Training with Multiple Sclerosis


#1

At the start of 2017, I got diagnosed with MS.

Long story short, I’ve lost a ton of strength, primarily in my legs, and I want it back.

Therefore, I’ve decided to log my workouts, increasing my accountability, making sure that I do what is necessary.

Goal for end of 2018:
Front squat: 100 kg
Deadlift : 120 kg
Bench press: 90 kg
Chins: 15

If anyone reading this have questions about MS, I would be happy to answer them.

I do not note the warm-up sets, only the main work set(s) at the highest weight.

10/05/2018:

Deadlift: 70 kg x 5
DB bench press: 24 kg x 10
Chins, 4, 3.


#2

Someone dear to me has ms. She can do anything…I have no clue how, mtf beast. She refuses meds due to it fucking up piss test. It’s a real battle, but she makes it through. Best of luck


#3

16/05/2018

Front squats: 50 kg x 6
Close-grip bench press: 50 kg x 12
T-bar row: 30 kg x 12


#4

Back from vacation.

06/06/2018

Front squats: 52,5 kg x 6
Close-grip bench press: 52,5 kg x 10
T-bar row: 30 kg x 14


#5

10/06/2018

Front squats: 55 kg x 6
Close-grip bench press: 55 kg x 10
Chins: 6, 4


#6

13/06/2018

Deadlift: 72,5 kg x 5
DB bench: 24 kg x 12
T-bar row: 31,25 kg x 15

Progress is fucking slow, but it’s progress, so I’ll take it.


#7

First milestone, 1 plate each side for the front squat.

18/06/2018

Front squats: 60 kg x 5
Close-grip bench press: 57,5 kg x 10
Chins: 5, 5, 5


#8

22/06/2018

Deadlift: 80 kg x 5
DB bench: 26 kg x 8
T-bar row: 32,5 kg x 15


#9

Second milestone, 1 plate per side for the bench press.

Was one of those days where I felt very weak, but otherwise a good workout.

27/06/2018

Front squats: 60 kg x 6
Close-grip bench press: 60 kg x 7
Chins: 6, 6, 5


#10

02/07/2018

Deadlift: 82,5 kg x 5
DB bench: 26 kg x 11
T-bar row: 32,5 kg x 17

Feels like my quads are too weak to deadlift the weight, so I compensate in some way.

Other than that, good workout.


#11

06/07/2018

Front squats: 62.5 kg x 6
Close-grip bench press: 60 kg x 8
Chins: 8, 5, 4

Some right-sided triceps tendon pain since the last workout, maybe pressing twice a week is a little bit too much, will see if I have to make some changes.


#12

Seems indeed like pressing 2x a week is not well tolerated for my triceps tendons, so have changed my program a bit, in addition to changing deadlifts for leg presses, to specifically deal with my quad weakness (and shakiness during controlled contraction).

11/07/2018

Leg press: 70 kg x 10
Leg curls: 25 kg x 10
T-bar rows: 35 kg x 15
Smith shrugs: 40 kg x 12
Calf raises: 15 kg, 2 sets of 10


#13

16/07/2018

Front squat: 65 kg x 4
Bench press: 62,5 kg x 9
Chins: 9, 5, 4

Probably had 1-2 reps more in the tank on the front squat.

I’m steadily increasing how much weight I can push/press/squat, feels good.


#14

20/07/2018

Leg press: 70 kg x 15
Leg curls: 30 kg x 10
T-bar rows: 36,25 kg x 15
Smith shrugs: 40 kg x 17
Calf raises: 15 kg, 3 sets of 10


#15

24/07/2018

Front squats: 65 kg x 5
Close-grip bench press: 62,5 kg x 10
Chins: 10, 5, 3

Warm as hell, feeling like shit for some reason, which might either be the flu or another bout of MS shittyness, time will tell.

Still managed to get in a session and increase slightly.


#16

30/07/2018

Leg press: 75 kg x 12
Leg curls: 35 kg x 8
T-bar rows: 37,5 kg x 10
Calf raises: 20 kg, 3 sets of 10

No shrugs today due to some neck pain I’ve been having.

Insanely warm around here these days.


#17

03/08/2018

Front squats: 50 kg, 3 sets of 5
Close-grip bench press: 65 kg x 6
Chins: 6, 6, 6
Machine curls: 10 kg, 3 sets of 10

Added some more volume for my squats.

Will get a dip belt to add weight to my chins.


#18

06/08/2018

Leg press: 75 kg x 20
Leg curls: 35 kg x 12
T-bar rows: 37,5 kg x 15
Calf raises: 20 kg, 3 sets of 12


#19

10/08/2018

Front squats: 52,5 kg, 3 sets of 5
Close-grip bench press: 67,5 kg x 6
Chins: 8, 6, 6
Machine curls: 15 kg, 3 sets of 10


#20

14/08/2018

Leg press: 80 kg x 20
Leg curls: 40 kg x 8
T-bar rows: 40 kg x 10
Calf raises: 20 kg, 3 sets of 15