Without going into all the details, I ruptured my triceps tendon (complete tear) on June 11, and had surgery the 12th. I am coming up on four months out and am itching like crazy to start lifting again. I am currently 6’6 255 (lost 30 pounds since surgery, guess why…) and 42 years old. I have continued to lift legs and do cardio, but my upper body has atrophied pretty bad. I have lost 2 inches off of each of my arms (down to 18), my chest is getting softer by the day, and in general, I look like shit.
If anybody has gone through this surgery, can you give some advice on 1)the best supplements AAS or other, to help me on my long road to recovery. I will say ahead of time that growth hormone is not an option at this point (unless the Dr. prescribes it), but just about anything else is available to me, and 2) exercises that do not involve therabands (I am sick of them) that I can start doing to rebuild my tri’s. The Dr. has his timeline, but he is conservative for liability’s sake.
I tried to do some pushdowns, and I am definitely not ready for those yet. I have done some very light dumbbell presses and flies, and they feel pretty good.
Oh, by the way, I was benching 435, about 3/4 up, and my spotter was sleeping on the job. I felt the tear and slide down into my upper arm, but by some crazy miracle, I was able to push it up and rack it. Then I started cussing. Alot.
It may be that I am just going to have to face it that time wise, I need to wait. But if anyone has been through this, I’d appreciate your input.