Helly everyone. I came across this website while asking a guy at the gym about his supplements. Now I got hooked on the forums. There’s a lot of good information on here and some supportive people.
My name is Vito and I go by the name V-Man. I’m from the west burbs of Chicago.
I’m 45, 5-9, 176 pounds. I’ve been lifting for a while now. I started working out after having a bunch of health problems. I have cardiomyopathy, a damaged weak heart muscle, which will someday will require a transplant.
I also had a problem with my heart rhythm and had a pacemaker and defibrillator put in. When all this stuff settled out I weighed about 150 and was pretty scrawny as you can see in my before picture.
I work at a hospital and started going to the fitness center we have there. I am now at 176. I have attached a current photo. I don’t like to call it an “after” photo cause I know I still have a way to go.
I would like to maybe do a master’s bodybuilding competition one day. Well that’s part of a very long story.
I joined this forum cause I’d like to find a place where there’s a lot of information and support from good and knowledgeable people and not trash talkers.
I wish everyone well. Drop me a line. I still have a lot of progress to make but with continued hard work and dedication I’m sure I can do it.
Like I said this appears to be a great forum, you guys really look awesome. I hope I can improve and learn more from all of you.
Do you do anything else for your back? If not you should really incorporate all the usuals - Rows (you want to work your way up to using around the same weight you bench press), sternum chinups (lean back at the top and try to tough your sternum to the bar) are great and deadlift is awesome.
V-Man1, have you done rows in your training? I’m curious about the coment that your bis are dying before your back. If this is happening on your rows you could consider a change in grip. I switched from a palms-in grip to a palms-up grip recently in order to keep my elbows in tight to my side. I feel it much more in my back now than before. Concentrate on bringing your shoulderblades together as you do the lift.
Hi Vman i too have had heart arythmia issues(atrial fibrillation)have had three ablations.you have a defib fiited, could you not have an ablation to correct any possible rythym issues/ my guess is you get svt? youve done a great job,there is life after heart problems.
Yes I too have had numerous ablation’s. I have wide QRS tachycardia. The problem would be fixed but then another group of cells in the heart would start firing away. So the defib is a back up safety plan, along with amiodarone which keeps my ventricles nice and calm.