|4/16/2012 2:43:22 PM - Steve Pulcinella
A letter from Ben
I received this email through the EFS Q&A section and liked it so much that I wanted to address it through my log instead.
I've been following your log for a long time now. I've always had a lot of respect for you because of your no-nonsense approach to training. Work hard, lift heavy, get it done. Your answer to overcoming obstacles was always "work harder". This approach has carried you to great places.
Your body is falling apart now. Two broken knees, tight hips, high blood pressure. You're in constant pain and now you've given up on squatting. Since when has your answer to anything been "give up"? You need to be foam rolling. You need to be stretching. You need to be giving your body the attention it deserves. I guarantee you that if you spend a few months giving just 20 minutes a day to your quads, hamstrings, and hips with a foam roller and stretching, you can be squatting again pain-free. Pulling sumo pain-free.
You've gotten this far by not giving up. Iron Sport is still around because you didn't give up on it when times got rough. Don't give up on squatting. Give yourself a chance.
Ben, when I say Iím giving up squatting itís really not a bad thing. It will give me a chance to redirect my lower body training with other exercises that I actually can and should be doing. Foam rolling and stretching wonít cure what is wrong with me, trust me. I have no meniscus in my good knee and the amount of damage that I sustained when my other knee was hurt last year canít be reversed. Not to mention the crooked foot Iím left with after blowing out all the tendons in it four years ago. Iím retired now from competing and Iím just bodybuilding a little at this point with a few heavy things thrown in. So much like every other athlete has to face as he gets older, you just have to look in the mirror one day and say ďI just canít do it like I used to anymoreĒ and retire. Itís your time to hit it heavy and hard, Itís my time to inspire and coach now Ben.
Bench: worked up to a max single with 80lbs in chains, then dropped the chains and did 3x3
135x10- all sets with 80 in chains
365 (dropped chains) 3x3
Flat dumbbell bench:
85x8, 110x6, 130x4, 85x13 wow I suck at heavy dumbbells. Iím going to try to work on that though.
Over head triceps extensions: 4x15