I have been an avid reader of T-Nation articles since the summer and have made a lot of progress in the gym since then as a full-time college student. I have been lifting for 4+ years but have really increased the quality of my training / diet / recovery since finding T-Nation.
I was playing pickup basketball yesterday when I came down from a layup on my right foot and sprained my ankle. When my weight shifted to my left leg, my knee bent at some horrible angle and i heard a popping noise. Long story short I went to the hospital and it seems likely that I tore either my MCL or ACL.
My regular training program was put on hold for most of December since I came home for winter break and I was looking forward to going back to the gym this month with my training buddy. Unfortunately, I can hardly walk, and the possibility of being unable to train properly (i.e. squats, deadlifts, cleans, etc.) really bums me out. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for training programs that I could follow to keep my upper body mass in shape so that I dont lose too much LBM or strength during the lay-off. I was thinking that I could focus on upper body pressing exercises, pullups, and arm routines but I am having trouble coming up with ways to properly strengthen the core. The problem is that so many of the effective core exercises rely on the hips or legs to generate force. So does anyone have any ideas?