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Working Out (Rehabilitation Mode) - Elf M. Sternberg
Working Out (Rehabilitation Mode)
Exercise proceeds apace. I'm still dealing with long-term incidental damage to my left shoulder and right knee, but the traffic accident I had back in November also damaged my right hip and makes it difficult to perform the rehabilitation exercises necessary to stabilize the knee completely; this makes doing the full workout difficult, but I have effective therapies for both.

Still, I'm pleased with the progress. I can do 12 sets of 3 reps with 1 minute's rest shoulder dips with 35 pounds in my lap (12x3w1@35), four pull-ups (on a good day, apparently), cable crossings at 35 pounds, 12x3w2@7.5 shoulder rehabs (those hurt).

I can also squat lift 160 lbs, and can almost press that much. So it's not quite my body weight (185 lbs), but it's almost there.

Here's the thing: I can do 36 chairs and 120 second planks, and I still don't have six-pack abs. You know why? Because I have what is, for an American, a "low" bodyfat: 23% or so. For those amazing abs you see on television, those people are 18% or less; a standard usually only seen in third-world countries.

Still, my doc tells me to keep at it. I can still lift my arm above my head; that means I just have to remember to use a warm press on that shoulder, or take a long hot shower, then contort it into a weird position and "flick" at the scarring until it gives way and grows new fiber.

Meanwhile, the weather has turned and I can ride the bike to work. (Well, take the train into downtown and then ride to the office.) It was beautiful today. Maintaining strength and vibrancy is tricky at my age, but I'm working at it. And winning.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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From: kistha Date: April 30th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Massage can also be very helpful with scar tissue and re-alighnment. Good luck in your rehab!
elfs From: elfs Date: May 7th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's mostly what the "flick" is: Rubbing the tendon from above (with my fingers) and below (over the bone, hence the "flick"ing sensation) until the scarring loosens up and I encourage new tissue growth.

Thanks! I'm able to to 36 x 7.5 pounds with the right, and can lift my arm straight above my head, so I'm doing it right. It's just so damn slow. When I was 20, this would heal in a week!
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