It was 09-07-08, Sunday day 1 of my new supplement & training regiment. I was so excited. I just took 2nd (lost by 1 point to my good bro) at the NPC Flex Wheeler Classic(FWC) Middles and I was Runner-up in the 2008 Muscletech Transformation contest and received my new supplements as part of my prize. Consecutively, since my the FWC ( 07-12-08) I was getting stronger by the day, I was the biggest and strongest ever been. I was fully confident that I'd have enough time to pack on some serious to compete as a LHW at the 2009 NPC North American. I did my normal morning routine, cook breakfast, spent sometime with the family while my food digested before training, took my NanoVapor (i cant train without it anymore!) then headed to LA Fitness for a serious chest workout. I wasnt feeling big or strong and felt a little fatigued. After 5min warmup on the treadmill I headed downstairs to hit the weights. There was probably only 2 people in the gym LOL...nice and dead, the way i like it. I did a few warmup sets on the Flat bench, stretched out and i still wasnt feeling super strong as i normally have in the past. My first working set I did 335 x 6. I was surprised, though i didnt feel strong I was a little stronger then last week. I thought OKAY, if i'm going to get bigger well, better add some weight. I put on 350, nervous because i havent done this weight since i was 220(keep in mind i'm 195lbs now). I got under the bench after some serious concentration, unracked the weight, did my 1st rep, no problem..AWESOME, lets get at least 4 more, i lowered the weight..felt great and started to push up and all of a sudden i heard these quick snaps/pops( keep in mind i had my headphones blasting too) in my right chest and felt my chest buckle and quickly racked the weight right there. I thought SH!T i tore my chest, i KNEW i did. I headed to the bathroom to do a quick exam. Oh yeah i did something, i lifted my right arm and seen this bump in the middle of my chest..FU@K! I went back, put the weights away with my good arm and floored it home. I took some advil immediately and iced it and got on the internet to find out what to do. My mother-in-law advised that we go to the ER 1st and foremost. After about 30mins i seen the nurse who did a physical exam and said they believed i had a partial pec tear and referred me to a Orthopedic office they work with.
Pic at my prime:
Here is a pic after the damage:
This couldnt have been better timing because my wifes 1st day back from Maturity leave was that following day! Once she got into work, she spoke with the doctors she works with and they referred me to Dr. Peter Daly of Summit Orthopedics. I got an appointment to see him on Wed. They did an X-ray to make sure no bone came off with the tear. Then sent me to get an MRI. I sat in the machine for like 45mins and listened to 93X! I was dead tired so i welcomed it LOL If any of you have even been in it, they strap your as$ down and you slide into this big cylinder with an headset. About every 4mins you faintly hear this clicks and beeps for ..45mins. Afterward they told me it would take a couple days for the results WTF. I guess it didnt matter being Dr Daly was out until next week. Friday the wife checked online and seen the results and read them to me. Its all a bunch of medical jargon but what i gathered it was a partial tear? Saturday the doctors assistance called me and said they got the results and said i had a pec tear and that it was REPAIRABLE BY SURGERY. She said Dr Daly would call me on Monday about the details.
Pic that same day:
Here we are Monday, no one could tell me how long i could expect to be off work, when i would have mobility, how long rehab was..BECAUSE the doctor specializes in joint replacement. Granted this doctor hasnt done too many pec tear procedures BUT he has some serious creditials. Hes a grad from Harvard, Mayo Clinic and some other prestigious university and has 22 years under his belt. I've read nothing but positive reviews and my wifes employers(doctors) know him and refer some of their customers to him.
I've read up and down that surgery is a must.....so here is the begining of my journal. I hope this comes in useful for other unfortunate hardcord dedicated as a mo-fo bodybuilder/fitness enthusiast. I'll be updating this with pics and commentaries...primarily for myself but feel free to drop in and comment or give me some feedback.
I figure i'll have NOTHING to do for 3 months so why not start up my own personal journal.
FYI - there will be spelling/grammar
Also I in fact have trained legs twice since the injury. I figured I could split up my leg routine and do quads and hams separate. Thurs following the injury I did Quads. I surprisingly had a great workout though i did drop the weight significantly. I warmed up 10mins on the treadmill, then did some leg extentions and to keep my body down i put my good hand in between my legs. I really hit the inner and outter quads and got a killer burn and pump. Then i headed to the smith machine and did squats...holding the bar with my good arm LOL It was a little strange but I managed to pull it off. I keep my bad arm limp the whole time. Luckily i have some pretty thick traps so i dont really need to hold the bar that much. Then i went to the Leg Press Machine and rep'd out then finished up on leg extentions. Afterwards MAN i felt great, not just physically but mentally..being in the gym makes me happy! Its been my life since 1995! My 2nd day back in the gym was yesterday, i did Hams. I first started out doing some standing leg curls on the machine, got a killer burn. Then did some wide stance squats, knees and toes facing 10 and 2oclock and squeezed and concentrated on the hams. There is no way to avoid hitting the quads but most the stress was on the hams. Afterwards I did some Hack Squats, toes and knees facing 10 & 2oclock...and ALWAYS AS$ TO THE GROUND. I then finished up with standing leg curls again. Yes the legs are sore! I have one more leg day this Wed and I cant wait.
Thread: Jerome Dinh's Pec Tear Journal