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Yesterday I combined two of my goals for the next year.

I have decided I want to be able to do pull-ups in one of the ballgowns[1] I haven't worn since I was 20.

Pull-up plan waiting on me starting rehab exercises for my shoulder[2], fitting into ballgown plan progressing. Oh yeah. :)

[1] yeah yeah, "one of", one of them was expensive from Debenhams (and white - never wear white dresses to formal dinners, everyone thinks their wedding dress comment is hilarious) and the other two I got in charity shops for a lot less.

[2] Initial diagnosis was rotator cuff impingement. It hasn't been getting much better, because my shoulder joint shifts on its own, as I demonstrated audibly to the physio today. "Shoulder instability" has been added to the diagnosis as a result, and when I get back from holiday I get a session in the gym to demonstrate rehab exercises to make my shoulder not click all over the place like it has for years. :)

Date: 2012-08-09 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That joint sounds like it is going to make it a tough project- good luck. My right hip and knee both make audible click noises during a range of movements, so I'll be intrigued to see if you can fix yours. Then I will steal your ideas.

Date: 2012-08-09 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is awesome. I am extremely excited for you :) What system will you be using, something out of Stumptuous? (I'm tempted to follow along! I still want to be able to do full pullups...)

Date: 2012-08-14 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Am starting with Stripped 5x5 ( as it's sufficiently simple for me on bear-of-little-brain days. I dug our home weight bench out today and did workout B from it, which didn't hurt the injured shoulder at all (although I'm not too surprised as my shoulder instability mostly involves it shifting forwards rather than down or back, so none of these aggravated it).

(Digging the weight bench out required extricating it from a horrible mangled tarpaulin, then trimming half the garden so it wasn't growing over it.)

It helps that I'm off work this week and next, and am thus free of the thing that irritates my shoulder most - the heavy doors at work.

EDIT: the only problem with our home weight bench is that it only has up to 50kg of weights, which isn't an issue for me right at the moment but I hope at some point it will become one. :)
Edited Date: 2012-08-14 08:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-15 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good system! Me and Joff both used 5x5 variants to get into weightlifting and had great results.

You will find yourself deadlifting higher than 50kg before very long at all; the other thing to bear in mind is that you can squat a LOT more than you can press over your head, so before long you will need a way to safely get the bar onto your shoulders, eg a squat rack. Sturrock has one which I think was cheap, might be worth asking him? If gym membership is not an option that is. (And it doesn't have to be!)

How are you working up to full pullups? I'm thinking about using the chair assist method off Stumptuous...

Date: 2012-08-18 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gym membership is fairly simple - work has a gym on the ground floor that I can use, which has a squat rack (maybe two now they've renovated it and removed a lot of the machines).

For the moment I'm doing lat pulldowns rather than pullups/chinups in workout B. Given that I'm only on 25kg for them right now, I think it'll be a while before I can do anything bodyweight based. :)

Date: 2012-08-18 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh awesome :) In that case no dramas!

Mm, lat pulldowns are a good idea. I do need to work on my lats, I'm all gorilla-hunched at the moment from overdeveloped pecs.


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